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API Statement on California Governor’s Executive Order

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WASHINGTON, September 24, 2020 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) released the following statement in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order banning the sale of new gasoline and diesel-powered passenger cars in the state by 2035.

“This is a profoundly counterproductive plan that will deny hardworking Californians the choice to buy a car that suits their needs and budget," API Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs Frank Macchiarola said. "The solutions to today’s challenges will not be born out of rhetoric-laden bans like this but rather the product of innovation and thoughtful policymaking. What we saw from the governor today is merely a plan to increase the cost of living in California.”

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