America’s Generation Energy
Natural gas and oil drive the U.S. and world economies, and energy analysts project they will continue in that leading role for decades to come.
What Americans Are Saying:
Results of a Harris Poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted November 27-December 4:
Support producing more U.S. natural gas and oil.
Take pride in U.S. energy leadership in the world.
See natural gas and oil as important to the future.
See personal value In natural gas and oil.
Support increased development of U.S. energy infrastructure.
Believe the U.S. needs energy policies that ensure supplies for the american people.
Believe it’s important that U.S. refineries are producing advanced transportation fuels that help reduce air pollution.
Support the role natural gas is playing in reducing greenhouse gases.
Of Americans favor energy companies helping meet environmental challenges.
Agree that more domestic natural gas and oil could help stimulate the U.S. economy.
Agree that more domestic natural gas and oil could lead to more U.S. jobs.
Agree that more domestic natural gas and oil could help the U.S. become more of an energy power in the world and help our allies.
Agree that more domestic natural gas and oil could strengthen U.S. energy and national security.
Agree that more domestic natural gas and oil could help lower energy costs for consumers.
Agree that government regulations could raise gasoline costs for consumers.
Message From API President And CEO Mike Sommers @Mj_sommers
Before there was Steve Jobs, there was Edwin Drake. In 1859 Pennsylvania, Drake drilled America’s first successful oil well, creating – as Jobs did with computers more than a century later – a new industry that made so many other industries possible. That includes Jobs’ industry as well. The capacity of petroleum to power transportation and manufacturing was a game-changer that marked America’s first Generation Energy. Today’s Generation Energy, like Drake’s, is made up of innovators, problem solvers and disruptors – in the sense that American energy is changing our country’s narrative and altering its trajectory in historic terms. America’s Generation Energy supplies the foundation for modern life. It provides the fuel, power and products that make everyday life safer, healthier and more comfortable. America’s Generation Energy creates jobs, lifts entire communities, revitalizes manufacturing, strengthens U.S. security and develops the technology of the future. This generation also leads the charge in solving complex challenges. Or, as we call it, Powering Past Impossible. That’s why the United States leads the world in both producing natural gas and oil, and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The old paradigm of energy and economic growth interlocked with increased emissions has been replaced. Today, growth and decreased emissions have occurred together. U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have plunged to their lowest level in a generation, while CO2 emissions around the globe have risen 50 percent since 1990.
“America’s Generation Energy creates jobs, lifts entire communities, revitalizes manufacturing, strengthens U.S. Security and develops the technology of the future.”
The industry has invested billions in improving the environmental performance of its products, facilities and operations. From clean natural gas for power generation, to cleaner fuels and vehicle technology for transportation, and countless other innovations, America’s Generation Energy is on the cutting edge of environmental progress. The same innovations helping to drive down emissions are generating record energy production. That means jobs and economic growth. Energy infrastructure investment alone can support a projected 1 million-plus jobs per year – a major opportunity for bipartisan achievement in the next Congress.
It means security for the United States and our allies. U.S. energy imports are on track to reach their lowest level in decades, and our exports provide a stable source of energy for our friends around the globe.
It means a competitive advantage for American manufacturers and budget relief for American families, who are less vulnerable to price shocks caused by overseas instability.
Every era and every industry has its innovators. Energy has been so ubiquitous in our daily lives for so long, we may take it for granted and assume there are no innovations left to achieve. But that’s not how America’s Generation Energy sees it.
It has already made history – with a shale revolution that has reshaped the global energy balance in our favor. Making history is one thing, but making the future is our focus. America’s Generation Energy has the skill, the technological expertise and the drive to make our future safer, cleaner and better.
“Making history is one thing, but making the future is our focus. America’s Generation Energy has the skill, the technological expertise and the drive to make our future safer, cleaner and better.”
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“The work of the problem-solvers of our industry is never done. We are partnering with the best minds to meet the rising demand of affordable energy, while driving progress on the serious challenges posed by climate change.”
– API President and CEO Mike Sommers
In the Energy in Communities pages, see profiles of seven communities across America that are growing and prospering, with abundant energy from natural gas and oil playing a significant role.
“The natural gas and oil industry helps maintain economic stability throughout the entire state of Colorado.”
– Michael Orlando, Economist, University of Colorado Denver
$3.4 Billion Added to the 6th Congressional District economy annually
Moon Township, PA
“This industry provides people with optimism instead of pessimism.”
– Sam DeMarco, Council Representative at Large, Allegheny County, PA
18,390 Jobs Supported by the natural gas and oil industry in the 17th Congressional District
Red Wing, MN
“Low-cost energy helps to keep our facilities operating so that families here can continue to earn a decent living.”
– Mike Goggin, State Senator, MN
$5.1 Billion Added to the 2nd Congressional District economy annually
“Energy infrastructure enables our plants and skilled workers to build some of America’s best cars.”
– Rich Studley, President and CEO, Michigan Chamber of Commerce
$1.7 Billion Added to the 8th Congressional District economy annually
Las Cruces, NM
“Energy fuels everything. It provides a way for everyone to have a life that they can enjoy.”
– Luis Morales, Researcher and Entrepreneur, New Mexico State University
51,100 Jobs Supported by the natural gas and oil industry in the 2nd Congressional District
Virginia Beach, VA
“Low energy bills mean households have a better chance to thrive.”
– Esmel Meeks, Executive Director, Citizens for Energy Equity
$1.2 Billion Added to the 2nd Congressional District economy annually
Eau Claire, WI
“We weathered the recession thanks to the energy projects that created jobs and opportunities.”
– Terry Hayden, President, Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association
19,960 Jobs Supported by the natural gas and oil industry in the 3rd Congressional District
Message From API President And CEO Mike Sommers @Mj_sommers
The benefits of the American energy revolution are felt from the smallest communities to the global stage.
Across our country, communities have felt the positive impact of the abundance of American energy. From decreased energy costs for families to increased investments in school systems and infrastructure, Americans benefit from the economic growth driven by the U.S. natural gas and oil industry.
The domestic energy revolution has strengthened small businesses in Colorado, expanded agricultural production in New Mexico and created opportunities for tradespeople in Pennsylvania.
Surprisingly, there are those who respond to this progress with opposition and pushback. They suggest that we retreat – by banning hydraulic fracturing, the technology most responsible for U.S. energy leadership and emissions reductions and by promoting policies that would cost our communities jobs and impact our national security.
On the following pages we outline how, together, we will meet the challenges ahead, for a stronger economy and cleaner future – by expanding partnerships, developing best-in-class standards, driving new technologies, and supporting smarter regulations that boost innovation.
“This is energy progress, and we’re not done yet.”
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