The powerful combination of continually-improving industry practices, advancing state programs, and federal environmental statutes ̶ all work together to provide an effective structure that allows for the essential development of the nation’s oil and natural gas resources while protecting the environment.
The refining sector also is integral to our country’s economic health, contributing about 1.8 percent to annual GDP, supporting more than 1.2 million jobs for high-skilled workers and $98 billion in wages and benefits annually, according to assorted government data.
Every day Americans head off to work or play, use a cellphone or countless other consumer products made from petroleum, they should thank a refiner. U.S. refineries are the essential link between America’s ongoing renaissance in energy production and the actual benefits Americans enjoy from that production.
"It is clear that the demand for biofuels is not driven by consumers, but by an artificial mandate set by Congress a decade ago under entirely different circumstances and without the an analysis of the unintended consequences of its actions."
"Continued leadership, combined with congressional action, private-sector investment, sound energy policy decisions, and an appropriate government public safety regulation framework will strengthen the backbone of America’s energy revolution and will provide for a prosperous and secure nation."
U.S. natural gas has been a plentiful, affordable and reliable source of energy. Coupled with the environmental advantages of natural gas, our country’s policies should work to ensure its safe, responsible and growing production.
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Improving the safety of energy development is the overarching goal. Industry’s decades-long, demonstrated safety commitment is at the heart of its credibility – with employees, communities and government officials – which is needed for productive energy partnerships.
Commitment to safety is the foundation for API’s almost 700 standards covering all segments of industry operations. They range from the fundamental – safe offshore operations – to the detailed, such as onshore tank measurement of crude oil.