API President and CEO Jack Gerard welcomed the President’s commitment to advancing our nation’s energy security through pro-growth tax reform and economic policies during his remarks today at a North Dakota oil refinery.
“In today’s speech the President recognized the importance of America’s energy infrastructure and workers. The oil and natural gas industry knows the value of both as it continues response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and remains focused on the safety of its workers, communities, and the environment. Industry employees, many impacted personally by the storm, are working to safely bring production, pipeline and refining operations back on line to continue to meet the needs of American energy consumers.
“Our industry is committed to securing our critical energy infrastructure system, which has provided multiple supply lines and paths to help offset supply disruptions. It’s important that we have public policies that support additions and improvements to our energy infrastructure to help mitigate the impacts of one region. The industry’s ability to build and maintain infrastructure across the country to provide safe access to vital energy resources will benefit U.S. consumers, manufacturers, and businesses.
“We welcome the President’s commitment to pro-growth tax reform, and look forward to working with the administration and Congress on continuing our nation’s energy leadership. Pro-growth tax reform and economic policies can further strengthen our energy infrastructure and benefit consumers. As an industry that invests billions in the U.S. economy each year, pro-growth policies would allow us to accelerate these economic investments while keeping energy affordable. Private investment in our nation’s energy infrastructure could exceed $1.3T and support 1 million jobs annually through 2035.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.