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“I Vote for Energy …”

January 5, 2012 by A Siegel

Editor: The first link above and video below are parodies of the actual Vote 4 Energy campaign; the second link is to the author's blog; this link is to API's actual Vote 4 Energy campaign.The American Petroleum Institute opened up its “Vote 4 Energy” campaign today. This insightful video merits watching … For more, see Vote 4...[read more]

"Energy Reality"

January 5, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Earlier today I attended a luncheon and press conference rolling out the annual "State of American Energy" report from the American Petroleum Institute. API's President and CEO, Jack Gerard, also used the occasion to launch a new "Vote 4 Energy" campaign, which he described as a non-partisan effort intended to start a conversation about...[read more]

Turning to Energy for Jobs

September 9, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Turning to Energy for Jobs Yesterday's Energy Jobs Summit at the US Capitol, hosted by The Hill and API, focused on the potential of the energy sector to add large numbers of new jobs to help alleviate the national jobs crisis that President Obama will discuss in tonight's speech. The figures presented by API and others were impressive,...[read more]

Gasoline Demand Dips in May

June 18, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

May 2010 gasoline deliveries (an indication of demand) fell 0.4 percent from the same month last year to an average of 9.05 barrels per day. API's Monthly Statistical Report says this was the lowest level for May since 2003.Average regular-grade gasoline prices were 57 cents per gallon higher last month as compared with May 2009. (EIA)...[read more]

Setting the Offshore Record Straight

June 17, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

In the two months since the Deepwater Horizon accident, numerous investigations have been launched, several congressional hearings have been held, and many statements have been made about oil and natural gas industry regulation. Unfortunately, many statements about industry regulations have had little or no basis in fact. Today, API's...[read more]

API: The Impact of Delaying Offshore Development

June 4, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

(Editor's note: While understanding and correcting the causes of the Gulf of Mexico accident are essential, the American Petroleum Institute (API) opposes lengthy or open-ended delay of offshore oil and natural gas development, as proposed today by the administration. Offshore development is crucial to creating and saving jobs and...[read more]

A History of Offshore Safety

April 30, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

As southeasterly winds push oil into the Louisiana marshes today, several government agencies, the Navy, the oil and natural gas industry and wildlife experts are working to protect sensitive habitats. BP, the company leading the clean-up, also is seeking volunteers to help along the Gulf of Mexico coastline. Meanwhile, the Minerals...[read more]

The Looming Spike in Crude Prices

December 4, 2009 by Robert Rapier

Lots of very crazy stuff going on behind the scenes that's been keeping me very distracted, and writing to a minimum. Fortunately, Money Morning sent me a very timely essay this morning on crude prices. This one takes aim at the API. While I have a cordial relationship with the API, like Kent Moors who wrote the article below I think...[read more]

Royalty Relief Works

October 6, 2009 by Jane Van Ryan

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an extremely important Fifth Circuit decision on royalty relief. This adds finality to the Fifth Circuit's unanimous decision that Congress, when it passed the Deepwater Royalty Relief Act, provided royalty relief based on...[read more]

The API on Cap and Trade

September 18, 2009 by Robert Rapier

Yesterday the American Petroleum Institute conducted a blogger's conference call to talk about various energy issues that they are focused on. I used to regularly attend these calls, but things have been quite busy and it has been a while since I participated. But I thought it would be worthwhile to check in and find out which issues...[read more]

Overproducing US Oil?

September 17, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

Tuesday morning I dialed into an API media teleconference concerning the administration's latest proposals on energy taxation and access. During the call API's President, Jack Gerard, mentioned the recent Congressional testimony of a Treasury Dept. official who suggested that current policies were promoting "overproduction of US oil and...[read more]

The California Lab

September 15, 2009 by Jane Van Ryan

If you're looking for a laboratory where environmental and energy policy is being tested, look west toward California. Over the past several years, California's elected officials have enacted some of the strongest requirements to curb air pollution, create its own recipe for...[read more]

A Career in Oil and Natural Gas--Unprecedented Opportunity

July 30, 2009 by Jane Van Ryan

Thinking about a career in the oil and natural gas industry? The summer 2009 Salary Survey report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) shows that petroleum engineers are pulling in the highest starting salaries...[read more]

Offshore Legal Limbo

July 27, 2009 by Jane Van Ryan

Put yourself in this situation. You decide to build your Dream Home. You buy the perfect lot, hire a general contractor and receive your first shipment of lumber. Then, just as the cement truck is preparing to pour the foundation, you learn that there's been a legal glitch--you...[read more]

Debunking the Numbers

July 23, 2009 by Jane Van Ryan

Individuals who oppose U.S. oil and natural gas development often cite the following sentence: "The United States represents 5 percent of the world's population but uses 25 percent of the world's energy."Ouch. That sentence makes all of us appear to be wasteful,...[read more]