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In Response to Pipeline Setbacks, API Calls for Reform of America's Permitting System


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Statement from Mike Sommers--API's president and CEO--in:
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(SOMMERS):
"OUR OUTDATED AND CONVOLUTED PERMITTING-SYSTEM HAS RESULTED IN A BARRAGE OF BASELESS LITIGATION.  ACTIVISTS ARE MANIPULATING THE PROCESS--BY USING THE COURTS TO PUSH AN EXTREME AGENDA OF BLOCKING PIPELINES AT ALL COSTS.  THIS SETS OUR NATION BACK--BOTH BY UNDERMINING AMERICA'S ENERGY-PROGRESS, AND BY DENYING LOCAL COMMUNITIES THE BENEFITS THAT MODERN PIPELINES PROVIDE.  THESE INCLUDE: REVENUE, GOOD-PAYING UNION-JOBS, AND ACCESS TO ENERGY THAT'S AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE, AND CLEANER.  AMERICA IS NOW THE WORLD'S ENERGY-LEADER.  AND, IN THE LONG RUN, NATIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE ENERGY--NOT LESS.  OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THE GLOBAL POPULATION MAY GROW BY ABOUT TWO-BILLION.  AND, THE WORLD'S ENERGY-DEMAND MAY INCREASE BY NEARLY 50-PERCENT--WITH MORE THAN HALF OF THAT DEMAND COMING FROM OIL AND NATURAL GAS.  WE HAVE A CHOICE, AS TO WHETHER THE ENERGY THAT WE USE WILL CONTINUE TO COME FROM HERE--OR, INSTEAD, WILL COME FROM HOSTILE REGIMES.  WHAT ACTIVISTS HAVE DONE IS TO STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUPPLY THAT HAS COME ONLINE OVER THE PAST DECADE--WHICH IS IRONIC, SINCE PIPELINES ARE THE SAFEST AND MOST-ENVIRONMENTALLY-RESPONSIBLE WAY TO TRANSPORT ENERGY IN THE U-S.  THIS IS DELAYING NOT JUST PIPELINES, BUT ALL INFRASTRUCTURE--SUCH AS ROADS, BRIDGES, SOLAR PLANTS, AND WIND-FARMS.  WE NEED TO FIX OUR REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT AND PERMITTING-SYSTEM--BECAUSE THE INTERESTS OF A SMALL GROUP OF ACTIVISTS SHOULDN'T STAND IN THE WAY OF AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE-NEEDS."



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