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API's President and CEO Responds to the Biden Administration's Actions on Energy Policy


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Statement from Mike Sommers--API's president and CEO--in:
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(99 seconds)


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(SOMMERS):
"AT A TIME WHEN OUR NATION DESPERATELY NEEDS AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY, THE LAST THING WE NEED ARE COSTLY POLICIES FROM WASHINGTON.  UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE SEEN--IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION.  FIRST, WITH A STROKE OF A PEN, PRESIDENT BIDEN TOOK AWAY THE JOBS OF THOUSANDS OF UNION-WORKERS--BY CANCELING THE 'KEYSTONE X-L' PIPELINE.  THIS IS A PROJECT THAT WOULD HAVE CREATED 10-THOUSAND UNION-JOBS--AND WAS SET TO BE FULLY POWERED BY RENEWABLE ENERGY, BY 2030.  NOW, THE BIDEN-ADMINISTRATION IS DELIVERING A SECOND BLOW TO AMERICAN ENERGY, BY SUSPENDING NEW OIL- AND GAS-LEASING FOR FEDERAL LANDS AND WATERS--WHICH IS CRITICAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR ENERGY-SECURITY.  LET'S BE CLEAR:  THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN AN 'IMPORT OIL' POLICY.  ENERGY-DEMAND WILL CONTINUE TO RISE--ESPECIALLY AS THE ECONOMY RECOVERS.  AND, WE CAN CHOOSE TO PRODUCE THAT ENERGY HERE, IN THE UNITED STATES--WITH AMERICAN JOBS--OR RELY ON FOREIGN COUNTRIES, WITH LOWER ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS.  ENERGY-DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS AND WATERS IS A LIFELINE TO LOCAL ECONOMIES, GOVERNMENTS, AND SCHOOLS.  TAKE THAT AWAY, AND BILLIONS IN TAX-REVENUE--AND HUNDREDS-OF-THOUSANDS OF JOBS--GO RIGHT WITH IT.  WITHOUT DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS AND WATERS, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOCAL-GOVERNMENT REVENUE WILL BE AT RISK--INCLUDING CRITICAL FUNDING FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND CONSERVATION-PROGRAMS.  IT'S CLEAR [THAT] A FEDERAL-LEASING BAN SHOULD BE OFF THE TABLE.  WE STAND READY TO ENGAGE WITH THE BIDEN-ADMINISTRATION ON WAYS TO ADDRESS AMERICA'S ENERGY-CHALLENGES.  BUT, IMPEDING AMERICAN ENERGY WILL ONLY SERVE TO HURT LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND HAMPER THE NATION'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY--ALL AT A TIME WHEN THE COUNTRY CAN LEAST AFFORD IT."



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