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API Statement on President Biden’s First Joint Address to Congress


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WASHINGTON, April 28, 2021 – The American Petroleum Institute issued the following statement from President and CEO Mike Sommers in advance of President Biden’s first joint address to Congress this evening.

“Tonight is an opportunity for the president to build support for a bipartisan legislative agenda that supports our nation’s economic recovery and addresses the dual challenge of tackling climate change while providing access to affordable, reliable energy. Too often, the climate debate is focused more on partisan politics than on real solutions. A reasonable middle ground exists, and meaningful progress will require both sides working together to advance smart policies for a lower carbon future.

API’s climate framework represents a path forward and demonstrates that we don’t have to choose between environmental progress and energy security. Instead of harmful mandates, new taxes and misguided restrictions on our nation’s vast energy resources, Congress and the administration should focus on accelerating innovation and reducing emissions through market-based solutions.”

API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than ten million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.

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