Posted April 7, 2017
A new national API poll shows that American voters have serious concerns about the Renewable Fuel Standard and its mandates for ever-increasing levels of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. Key findings from the survey of 1,000 registered voters include 74 percent agreeing that federal regulations could contribute to increased costs for gasoline to consumers and 68 percent who're concerned about government regulations that would increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline.
Posted February 23, 2017
The recent push to shift responsibility for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), from refiners and importers to independent blenders and retail gasoline stations, is a flawed approach that could impact consumers at the gasoline pump and does nothing to fix the larger set of problems that plague the RFS – problems Congress must address by repealing the program or significantly reforming it. API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola discussed these issues during a conference call with reporters.
Posted November 18, 2016
As congressional leaders set priorities for the end-of-year session, lawmakers should consider action on the flawed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). There’s bipartisan consensus for addressing the RFS – either repealing it outright or making major reforms. This week, Frank Macchiarola, API downstream group director, conducted a conference call with reporters on the problems with the RFS and the need for congressional action.
Posted September 13, 2016
Posted August 9, 2016
Thanks to an energy renaissance here in the United States, Americans driving to their summer destinations have been enjoying low prices at the pump. To keep this progress going, we need to end harmful policies that could raise the cost of energy and negatively impact millions of vehicles on the road.
As the EPA works to finalize its 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes, API is launching a new multi-faceted advocacy campaign that will include TV and online advertising. Our campaign will focus on how higher ethanol mandates can hurt consumers, potentially raise costs and possibly void automobile warranties.
Posted June 7, 2016
With the presidential primary season winding down talk has already shifted to how parties may work together under various scenarios, such as this piece from the Washington Post. Unsurprisingly infrastructure made the list of five issues ripe for a deal.
“Another long-standing goal for centrists in both parties has been a major federal investment in highways, railroads, ports, water systems and other physical infrastructure.”
There is broad, bipartisan support for repairing and expanding our infrastructure, and there are certainly plenty of projects in need of federal involvement, but adequate government funding is not the only problem facing infrastructure in America, politicians also need to address the inadequacies of government approval for infrastructure projects. As the Wall Street Journal noted last week:
“Overall, more than a dozen projects, worth about $33 billion, have been either rejected by regulators or withdrawn by developers since 2012, with billions more tied up in projects still in regulatory limbo.”
Posted June 1, 2016
To create jobs, continue progress in reducing emissions and ensure America’s homes and manufacturers have access to affordable energy, energy infrastructure should be a top priority. Private businesses are ready to invest and workers are ready to build, now politicians need to get out of the way.
Posted February 24, 2015
For as long as the Keystone delay and debate has been going on, critics of the project have tried to misinform the public that Canada is just using the US to export its oil to the rest of the world. Well today, another creditable study is proving those critics wrong. According to a new report by IHS CERA:
“Most, if not all, crude oil that would be transported via the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast would not be exported, and the vast majority of refined product (about 70 percent) derived from it would be consumed in the United States”
Posted March 14, 2013
Over 400 members of Minnesota's Building Trades unions, including three state presidents and Harry Melander, President of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, gathered on the State Capitol steps for a rally in support of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Rick Terven, Executive Vice President at United Association, gave a rousing fifteen minute speech exhorting pipe-fitters, teamsters, laborers, operating engineers and electrical workers to contact the Department of State. "Four times this project has been reviewed and four times the conclusion has been the same. We will build Keystone safe and it will be reliable."
Posted March 5, 2013
More from around the web on the new State Department draft analysis of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which, again, proved the economic benefits and lack of negative environmental impacts from the pipeline? First to the Washington Post:
In its 2,000 pages, the report dismantled the case that nixing the Canadian pipeline must be a priority for anyone concerned about climate change, explaining anew that accepting or rejecting the project won’t make much difference to global emissions, U.S. oil consumption or world oil markets.