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API-NY Releases Statement on Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

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ALBANY, N.Y., July 18, 2019 – API-N.Y. released the following statement on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, signed into law by Governor Cuomo this afternoon, July 18.

“Reducing emissions is a goal that we all share, and we are glad to see legislators in Albany making it a priority,” said Karen Moreau, executive director of API New York. “However, this law could have ramifications far beyond what its authors intended, and elected officials need to be realistic about the results of this law long-term – which could put upward pressure on utility bills and home heating costs, and lead to natural gas moratoriums that could devastate local economies, as we’re seeing play out right now in Westchester County. Clean, affordable and reliable natural gas has already brought carbon emissions in the U.S. to their lowest levels in a generation while simultaneously bringing down energy costs for Americans, and legislators need to strike a balance between providing affordable energy for consumers and protecting the environment – and the role of natural gas in New York’s energy mix does just that.”

API-N.Y. is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.