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Energy Primers

API has assembled informational primers to show the integral role the oil and natural gas industry plays in the American economy and quality of life.

Energy & Communities

The safety, health and protection of people, the environment and communities are top priorities for the natural gas and oil industry. Today, natural gas and oil not only power our lives but are the building blocks for so many of the products that make modern life possible. Across the board – from workplace safety, to air emissions or the safety of transporting our products – there is an important story of constant improvement, investment in the future and technological innovation. Through continuous innovation and best practices development, the oil and gas industry has demonstrated a commitment to developing our natural resources while protecting the health of communities and the environment. As a result, the industry has laid the groundwork for the American people – as consumers, workers and citizens alike – to reap enormous benefits from this energy renaissance. From individual savings to nationwide energy security, the natural gas and oil industry has set the country on a sustainable course towards a brilliant future.

Energizing America

The United States is at an historic turning point for the country and its energy policies. But many Americans lack a full understanding of the oil and natural gas industry. API has assembled this oil and gasoline primer to encourage a constructive public policy debate that leads to a new fact-based comprehensive energy policy.

Earnings in Perspective

The oil and natural gas industry is massive because it has to be to effectively compete for global energy resources. The industry’s earnings make possible the huge investments necessary to help ensure America’s energy security. The earnings allow companies to reinvest in the facilities, infrastructure and new technologies that keep America going strong well into the future while generating returns that meet shareholder expectations. API has assembled this primer to help consumers and policymakers better understand how the earnings of the oil and natural gas industry compare with other industries, who benefits, and where the money is going.

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Energy & Taxes

Affordable and available energy benefits consumers and supports a wide range of jobs for everyday Americans. Given the reliance of the U.S. economy on energy, tax policy targeting one type of energy over another creates negative impacts and other unintended effects.

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Alaska - a State of Energy

As it did a quarter century ago, Alaska today offers the U.S. an opportunity to increase domestic oil supply. Harnessing that opportunity in the 1970s helped increase U.S. energy security. Today, given estimates that the world’s energy needs will keep rising well into the future, the value of Alaskan energy could be even greater than it was 25 years ago. Unfortunately, largely because of federal policies, this opportunity is not being seized, but squandered.

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The Facts on NAAQS

API has assembled a primer to show the how the EPA’s current regulations are working and the United States is leading the world in reducing emissions. New standards could significantly damage the economy by imposing unachievable emission targets on almost every part of our country, including rural and undeveloped areas.

American Energy is American Progress

All too often today’s important policy discussions revolve around abstractions and devolve into unproven assertions based on political ideology rather than facts. Fortunately, when it comes to the best way forward on American energy policy, we know what works, because it is today’s reality.

Climate Change & Energy

Right now, the United States is leading the world in the production and refining of oil and natural gas, as well as in the reduction of GHG emissions. CO2 emissions from power generation in 2016 were near 30-year lows, in large part due to greater use of natural gas. And increased use of natural gas in the power generation sector has helped to reduce total CO2 emissions to their lowest level in nearly 25 years. This proves that Americans do not have to make the false choice between utilizing our nation’s energy resources and protecting the environment.

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Energy Works for America

When America’s energy industry thrives, our country thrives. Energy growth equals economic growth. Today we face a far different energy future than was imaginable just a few years ago. An energy future in which the U.S. is the world’s largest producer of natural gas and could soon be the largest producer of crude oil.

Hydraulic Fracturing

Clean burning natural gas is critical to American manufacturing jobs, to farmers for fertilizer, to households for heating and cooking, to businesses for electricity and fuel for transportation needs, and to society to help address climate change concerns because of its low carbon-content.

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LNG Exports

LNG, or liquefied natural gas, is a clear, odorless, noncorrosive, nontoxic liquid that is formed when natural gas is cooled to around -260 F. This shrinks the volume by about 600 times, making the resource easier to store and transport through marine shipments. LNG is not stored under pressure and is not explosive or flammable in its liquid state, and it cannot be released rapidly enough to cause overpressures associated with explosions.

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Offshore Access

API has assembled a primer to show the how access to domestic sources of oil and natural gas would create new, good jobs when millions are still looking for work; bring billions of dollars to federal and state treasuries as governments are scrambling for revenue; reduce our balance of trade, and enhance America’s energy security.

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Renewable Fuel Standard

While the United States has made important climate progress and increased its energy security largely apart from RFS contributions, the RFS itself continues to have difficulties that could impact consumers and the overall economy.

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U.S. Crude Exports

Consumers are among the first to benefit from free trade, and crude oil is no exception. Gasoline costs are tied to a global market; additional crude oil exports could help increase supplies, put downward pressure on the prices at the pump and create more jobs right here at home. Access to customers abroad could drive significant new investment in U.S. production, helping to strengthen our energy security.

What's Up With Gasoline Prices

The roller coaster rise and fall in gasoline and diesel prices over the last couple of years tracks changes in the cost of crude oil. Those changes are determined in the global crude oil market by the worldwide demand for and supply of crude oil. See the document below for detailed information.

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Crude Oil & Product Markets

After decades of decline, crude oil production in the United States has recently been increasing rapidly. Horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing are now utilized to access oil and natural gas resources from shale rock formations that were previously either technically impossible or uneconomic to produce.

Natural Gas Markets

Natural gas is an attractive fuel because it is clean burning and efficient, and ample supplies of natural gas are available from domestic resources. Recently, natural gas production in the U.S. has increased substantially due to technological advancements in natural gas extraction methods.

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Primers for iPad

See EnergyTomorrow educational and informative primers using the iPad.