Ahead of the President’s travel to the Middle East next month, the American Petroleum Institute (API) today joined with 27 energy associations to urge President Biden and his Cabinet to visit America’s major energy facilities – from production to distribution to refining to innovation hubs – as geopolitical volatility and energy costs continue to rise.
In a letter to President Biden and key administration officials, the organizations – who represent more than 11 million American skilled workers keeping the lights on and fuels flowing – encouraged the administration to recognize domestic energy resources as a strategic asset for U.S. national and economic security and highlighted America’s vast natural gas and oil reserves that can help meet growing demand for reliable energy.
“Before you board Air Force One for the Middle East, we hope you will consider taking another look at made-in-America energy,” the letter states. “We would be honored to show you how our industry is involved in every step of the energy process, from fuel pumps to critical product delivery infrastructure to production zones across our vast nation.”
In the letter, the signatories invite President Biden to visit the energy producing regions across the country, including the Marcellus in Pennsylvania, the Permian in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bakken in North Dakota that support millions of good-paying U.S. jobs, work to shrink our environmental footprint, boost economic growth and fund conservation in nearly every U.S. county.
“Your trip to Saudi Arabia next month is important on a number of those fronts, including boosting global energy supply. Yet American-made energy solutions are beneath our feet, and we urge you to reconsider the immense potential of U.S. oil and natural gas resources – that are the envy of the world – to benefit American families, the U.S. economy and our national security,” the letter concludes.
Signatories of the letter include:
- American Petroleum Institute
- Alaska Oil and Gas Association
- American Exploration and Production Council
- American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers
- Association of Oil Pipe Lines
- Colorado Oil and Gas Association
- Consumer Energy Alliance
- Domestic Energy Producers Alliance
- EnerGeo Alliance
- Energy Workforce & Technology Council
- Independent Petroleum Association of America
- Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
- Kentucky Oil & Gas Association
- Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association
- Marcellus Shale Coalition
- Natural Gas Supply Association
- New Mexico Business Coalition
- New Mexico Oil and Gas Association
- North Dakota Petroleum Council
- The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma
- Petroleum Association of Wyoming
- Permian Basin Petroleum Association
- Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
- Texas Oil and Gas Association
- Utah Petroleum Association
- US Oil and Gas Association
- Western Energy Alliance
- Western States Petroleum Association
Click here to view the letter.
Last week, API released the 10 in 2022 plan, which outlines 10 actions policymakers can take right now to confront the global mismatch between energy demand and available supply that has driven higher fuel prices by supporting greater U.S. production and infrastructure.
API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than 11 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our nearly 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence®, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 800 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.