American Petroleum Institute (API)
Based in Washington DC, the American Petroleum Institute (API) is the largest trade association for the oil and gas industry, representing over 600 corporate members “from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry.” The API says its mission is to “influence public policy in support of a strong, viable U.S. oil and natural gas industry.” API describes itself as “the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry” 
API was initially established on March 20, 1919 in New York City and moved to Washington DC in late 1969. 
According to ExxonSecrets, API has funded the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and other organizations that oppose regulations aimed at combating global warming. ExxonSecrets also lists API as a member of the National Wetlands Coalition, a group suggesting government regulation on wetlands are “burdensome and ineffective regulations on private property.” According to Sourcewatch, The National Wetlands coalition has been relatively inactive since the 1990s, but was made up of a group of about 60 municipal associations, utilities and major industrial concerns, such as Exxon, Texaco and Kerr-McGee. ,  
According to its website, API “speak for the oil and natural gas industry to the public, Congress and the Executive Branch, state governments and the media. We negotiate with regulatory agencies, represent the industry in legal proceedings, participate in coalitions and work in partnership with other associations to achieve our members’ public policy goals.” 
API Promoted “Uncertainty” about Climate Change
A 1998 Communications Plan, obtained by the New York Times and reported on at Greenpeace, suggests that API was actively working to promote “uncertainty” about climate change science and linksd to fossil fuels. According to the document, “victory will be achieved when […] Average citizens 'understand' (recognize) uncertainties in climate science; recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the 'conventional wisdom'”
“Unless 'climate change' becomes a non-issue, meaning that the Kyoto proposal is defeated and there are no further initiatives to thwart the threat of climate change, there may be do moment when we can declare victory for our efforts. It will be necessary to establish measurements for the science effort to track progress toward achieving the goal and strategic success,” the document reads.
InsideClimate News reports that API also knew of climate change as early as 1982. A Columbia University report titled “Climate Models and CO2 Warming, A Selective Review and Summary” (PDF) commissioned by the institute in 1982, cautioned that global warming “can have serious consequences for man's comfort and survival.” , 
API & the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Merger
On November 18, 2015, the American Petroleum Institute and the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) announced a merger to create a “single voice promoting the industry” while working under the name of the American Petroleum Institute. ANGA was founded in 2009 and is funded by natural gas producers, and has worked against federal limits on methane emissions. 
OpenSecrets reports that ANGA has spent more than $15 million on lobbying activities for the oil and gas industry since 2009: 
|Year||Total Lobbying Expenditure|
Stance on Climate Change
As of March 2016, API offered the following statement on climate change: 
“It is clear that climate change is a serious problem that requires research for solutions and effective policies that allow us to meet our energy needs while protecting the environment: that's why oil and gas companies are working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. “
An archived version of the American Petroleum Institute website admits that “emissions from [energy] production and use may be helping to warm our planet by enhancing the natural greenhouse effect of the atmosphere. That’s why oil and gas companies are also working to reduce their greenhouse emissions.” 
“While we rely on them for most of our energy and will likely do so for years to come, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes:'Scientists are certain that human activities are changing the composition of the atmosphere, and that increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases will change the planet’s climate. However, they are not sure by how much it will change, at what rate it will change, or what the exact effects will be.'Despite these uncertainties it is clear that climate change is a serious problem that requires research for solutions and effective policies that allow us to meet our energy needs while protecting the environment. That's why oil and gas companies are working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”
API's 1998 ”Global Climate Science Communications Plan” (PDF), reported by the New York Times and authored by the American Petroleum Institute's Joe Walker, revealed the institute's stance on climate change.
According to the plan, “victory will be achieved when”: 
- Average citizens “understand” (recognize) uncertainties in climate science; recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the “conventional wisdom”
- Media “understands” (recognizes) uncertainties in climate science
- Media coverage reflects balance on climate science and recognition of the validity of viewpoints that challenge the current “conventional wisdom”
- Industry senior leadership understands uncertainties in climate science, making them stronger ambassadors to those who shape climate policy
- Those promoting the Kyoto treaty on the basis of extant science appear to be out of touch with reality.”
Under the heading “Climate Reality,” the document continues:
“Unless 'climate change' becomes a non-issue, meaning that the Kyoto proposal is defeated and there are no further initiatives to thwart the threat of climate change, there may be do moment when we can declare victory for our efforts. It will be necessary to establish measurements for the science effort to track progress toward achieving the goal and strategic success.”
InsideClimate News reports that the American Petroleum Institute knew of climate change as early as 1982: A Columbia University report titled “Climate Models and CO2 Warming, A Selective Review and Summary” (PDF) commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute in 1982, cautioned that global warming “can have serious consequences for man's comfort and survival.” , 
American Petroleum Institute Funding (As Donor)
There are 374 transactions on record for the American Petroleum Institute as a Donor in the Conservative Transparency Database: (Note that not all of the following funding values have been confirmed by DeSmogBlog) 
View the attached spreadsheet for further details on the American Petroleum Institute's funding by year (.xlsx).
|Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor Management Committee||$2,602,322|
|2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee||$2,022,473|
|National Association of Manufacturers||$1,163,650|
|American Chemistry Council*||$1,059,500|
|Health Effects Institute||$910,000|
|Business Industry Political Action Committee||$775,000|
|University of Connecticut||$700,531|
|Ground Water Protection Council||$612,500|
|State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations||$575,000|
|Americans for Tax Reform||$525,000|
|University of California Davis||$483,219|
|University of Colorado||$455,133|
|Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute||$427,500|
|Coalition for American Jobs*||$412,969|
|Democratic Governors Association||$380,000|
|American Council for Capital Formation||$300,000|
|Independent Petroleum Association of America||$287,356|
|Consumer Energy Alliance||$282,500|
|60 Plus Association||$253,000|
|America's Wetland Foundation||$250,000|
|American Action Network||$250,000|
|Business Institute for Political Analysis||$250,000|
|The Keystone Center||$205,500|
|Coloradans for a Stable Economy||$200,000|
|Energy Policy Research Foundation||$200,000|
|US Chamber of Commerce||$186,500|
|National Fish and Wildlife Foundation||$165,500|
|Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute||$160,000|
|Institute for Energy Research||$160,000|
|Environmental Council of the States||$148,750|
|Americans for Prosperity||$139,000|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||$130,500|
|Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council||$125,000|
|Montana Department of Environmental Quality||$117,274|
|American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers||$105,000|
|Republican Governors Association||$105,000|
|Alliance to Save Energy||$100,000|
|Michigan State University||$100,000|
|National Taxpayers Union||$100,000|
|University of California Berkeley||$94,402|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||$93,900|
|North Carolina State University||$93,135|
|Congressional Black Caucus Institute||$90,000|
|American Legislative Exchange Council||$88,000|
|National Foreign Trade Council||$86,000|
|American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research||$85,000|
|Building and Construction Trades Department AFL-CIO||$85,000|
|Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States||$81,000|
|George Mason University||$80,000|
|National Ocean Policy Coalition||$80,000|
|Northwestern University School of Law||$80,000|
|Petroleum Association of Wyoming||$80,000|
|National Conference of State Legislatures||$76,500|
|International Conservation Caucus Foundation||$75,000|
|Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute||$75,000|
|National Black Chamber of Commerce||$75,000|
|Republican State Leadership Committee||$75,000|
|Nebraska Ethanol Board||$71,212|
|Congressional Black Caucus Policy & Leadership Institute||$70,000|
|American GI Forum of the United States||$60,000|
|Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.||$60,000|
|James Madison Institute||$60,000|
|American Conservative Union||$58,500|
|National Marine Sanctuary Foundation||$52,500|
|University of Tulsa||$52,353|
|University of Oklahoma||$52,194|
|Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation||$51,000|
|Citizens Against Government Waste||$50,000|
|Common Ground Alliance||$50,000|
|National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners||$50,000|
|National Ocean Policy||$50,000|
|NM Association Conservative District||$50,000|
|The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences||$50,000|
|National Petrochemical & Refiners Association||$45,000|
|Nicholls State University||$45,000|
|Consensus Building Institute||$40,000|
|National Conference of Black Mayors||$40,000|
|Offshore Energy Center||$40,000|
|The Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy||$40,000|
|University of Rochester||$38,695|
|American Council on Science and Health||$37,500|
|Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association||$37,500|
|University of New Hampshire||$36,000|
|Friends of New Orleans||$35,000|
|Ground Water Research & Education Foundation||$35,000|
|The Bryce Harlow Foundation||$35,000|
|Western Governors' Association||$35,000|
|Wright State University||$35,000|
|University of Houston - Clear Lake||$34,000|
|Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research||$32,500|
|United States Association for Energy Economics||$32,500|
|Association for Environmental Health and Sciences||$30,000|
|Coastal America Foundation||$30,000|
|Fund for Peace||$30,000|
|Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital||$30,000|
|Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility||$30,000|
|NALEO Educational Fund||$30,000|
|Taxpayers for Common Sense||$30,000|
|University of California||$30,000|
|North Carolina Agricultural Foundation||$28,000|
|Citizens to Protect Pennsylvania||$26,000|
|American Tort Reform Association||$25,100|
|American Highway Users Alliance||$25,000|
|Arizona State University||$25,000|
|Battelle Memorial Institute||$25,000|
|Competitive Enterprise Institute||$25,000|
|Consortium of Catholic Academies of the Archdiocese of Washington||$25,000|
|Formula Sports Group||$25,000|
|Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute||$25,000|
|Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute||$25,000|
|Jefferson Island Club||$25,000|
|National Association of Hispanic Publications||$25,000|
|Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers||$25,000|
|Southern Christian Leadership Conference||$25,000|
|Southern Republican Leadership Conference South Carolina||$25,000|
|Tread Lightly Inc.||$25,000|
|University of Vermont||$25,000|
|Western Business Roundtable||$25,000|
|American Forest and Paper Association||$21,700|
|Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition||$20,212|
|A Wider Circle||$20,000|
|American Association of Blacks in Energy||$20,000|
|Boy Scouts of America - National Capital Area Council||$20,000|
|Carbon Sequestration Council||$20,000|
|Conservative Political Action Conference||$20,000|
|Ford's Theatre Society||$20,000|
|Virginia Chamber of Commerce||$20,000|
|Washington Press Club Foundation||$20,000|
|Pipeline Research Council||$17,500|
|Washington Humane Society||$17,500|
|North American Metals Council||$17,000|
|Everybody Wins! DC||$16,400|
|Flag Credit Union||$15,000|
|Foreign Policy Association||$15,000|
|National Board of Professional Teaching Standards||$15,000|
|NCLS Foundation for State Legislatures||$15,000|
|New York Academy of Sciences||$15,000|
|Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania||$15,000|
|The Corbett Cawley Inaugural Committee||$15,000|
|Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars||$15,000|
|Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Education Foundation||$12,500|
|Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research||$10,785|
|Alliance for Consumer Education||$10,000|
|American Institute of Chemical Engineers||$10,000|
|California Climate Action Registry||$10,000|
|Canadian Club of Chicago||$10,000|
|Center for Excellence in Education||$10,000|
|Citizens for Sound Conservation||$10,000|
|Colorado State University||$10,000|
|Congressional Award Foundation||$10,000|
|Coordinating Research Council||$10,000|
|Council of State Governments||$10,000|
|Diabetes Research Institute Foundation||$10,000|
|Foundation for American Communications||$10,000|
|Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne||$10,000|
|Freedom Foundation of Minnesota||$10,000|
|Fund for American Studies||$10,000|
|Institute for Policy Innovation||$10,000|
|Jobs for America's Graduates||$10,000|
|Kasich-Taylor New Day Inaugural Committee||$10,000|
|March of Dimes Foundation||$10,000|
|March of Dimes Maryland - National Capital Area Chapter||$10,000|
|Montana Economic Developers Association||$10,000|
|National Chamber Foundation||$10,000|
|National Foundation for Women Legislators||$10,000|
|National Urban League||$10,000|
|Ohio Republican Party||$10,000|
|Ohioans For Change||$10,000|
|Republican Governors Public Policy Committee||$10,000|
|Stop Oil Seeps California||$10,000|
|Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation||$10,000|
|Texas Oil and Gas Association||$10,000|
|The Horinko Group||$10,000|
|Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment||$10,000|
|United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce||$10,000|
|Virginia Sustainable Building Network||$10,000|
|Volta Live Inc.||$10,000|
|Western Michigan University||$10,000|
|Fight For Children||$9,000|
|Climate Action Reserves||$7,500|
|New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance||$7,500|
|Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs||$6,511|
|University of Texas at Austin||$6,500|
|Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors||$6,000|
|San Antonio Hispanic Chamber||$6,000|
|Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry||$5,333|
|American Oil & Gas Historical Society||$5,000|
|Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies||$5,000|
|Hispanic College Fund||$5,000|
|National Association of Neighborhoods||$5,000|
|National Conference of State Societies||$5,000|
* Conservative Transparency records a $1 million donation in 2010 to the “American Chemistry Council.” According to the API's 2010 990 form, this donation was destined for the Coalition for American Jobs and “C/O” the American Chemistry Council.
API Leadership Team
|Erik Milito||Y||Y||Group Director, Upstream & Industry Operations|
|Frank Macchiarola||Y||Group Director, Downstream and Industry Operations|
|Gerardo Uria||Y||Director, Membership and Development|
|Jack Gerard||Y||Y||President & CEO|
|John Robertson||Y||Y||Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Administration and Finance|
|Kyle Isakower||Y||Y||Vice President, Regulatory & Economic Policy. (Also oversees API's climate policy development) |
|Linda Rozett||Y||Y||Vice President, Communications|
|Lisa Salley||Y||Vice President, Global Industry Services|
|Louis Finkel||Y||Y||Executive Vice President, Government Affairs. Advised oil and natural gas pipeline companies for two D.C. consulting firms. |
|Marty Durbin||Y||Executive Director, Market Development|
|Robert Greco||Y||Group Director, Downstream and Industry Operations|
|Robin Rorick||Y||Y||Group Director, Midstream and Industry Operations|
|Stacy Linden||Y||Y||Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Office of the General Counsel|
Officers, Trustees, Etc. (990 forms)
|Al Monaco||Y||Board Member|
|Al Walker||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Alan S Armstrong||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Aubrey McClendon||Y||Board Member|
|Bill Maloney||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Charles R Williams||Y||Y||Exec Dir Ctr For Offshore Safety|
|Clarence P Cazalot JR||Y||Chairman of the Board|
|Daniel W Rabun||Y||Y||Board Member|
|David Fanta||Y||Y||Board Member|
|David J Lesar||Y||Y||Board Member|
|David T Seaton||Y||Y||Board Member|
|David W Williams||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Doug J Suttles||Y||Board Member|
|Douglas R Matthews||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Drew P Cobbs||Y||Executive Director, MD Petroleum Council|
|Eric G Milito||Y||Group Director|
|Eric J Wohlschlegel||Y||Y||Director|
|Erik G Milito||Y||Group Director|
|G Steven Farris||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Gary G Rich||Y||Board Member|
|Gary R Heminger||Y||Y||Board Member & Chair Fin Cmte|
|Greg C. Garland||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Hank A True III||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Harry M NG||Y||Y||Gen Counsel & Corp Sec Until 9/30/14|
|Harry N Pefanis||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Howard J Feldman||Y||Senior Director|
|J Larry Nichols||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Jack B Moore||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Jack N Gerard||Y||Y||President And CEO|
|James F Justiss JR||Y||Board Member|
|James P McGregor||Y||Y||Board Member|
|James T Hackett||Y||Board Member|
|John B Hess||Y||Y||Board Member|
|John Bannerman||Y||Y||Board Member|
|John C Felmy||Y||Y||Chief Economist|
|John C Minge||Y||Y||Board Member|
|John D Modine||Y||Y||Vice President|
|John E Robertson||Y||Y||Vice President And Cfo|
|John S Watson||Y||Y||Board Member|
|John T Gremp||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Joseph Bryant||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Karen Wright||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Khalid S Alnaji||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Kyle B Isakower||Y||Y||Vice President|
|Lamar McKay||Y||Board Member|
|Lee M Tillman||Y||Board Member|
|Linda G Rozett||Y||Y||Vice President|
|Louis A Finkel||Y||Executive Vice President|
|Marin L Durbin||Y||Executive Vice President|
|Martin S Craighead||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Marvin Odum||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Morton Arntzen||Y||Board Member|
|Nadeel Amudi||Y||Board Member|
|Paul L Howes||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Paul Stevens||Y||Board Member|
|Peter Evensen||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Ralph A Hill||Y||Board Member|
|Ray L Hunt||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Rex Tillerson||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Ricardo Darre||Y||Board Member|
|Richard Muncrief||Y||Board Member|
|Robert Doug Lawler||Y||Board Member|
|Robert L Greco||Y||Group Director|
|Robert L Parker Jr||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Rod Nelson||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Roger Jenkins||Y||Board Member|
|Rolf W Hanson||Y||Y||Senior Director|
|Ryan M Lance||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Stacy R Linden||Y||Gen Counsel & Corp Sec As Of 10/24/14|
|Stephen I Chazen||Y||Y||Chairman Of The Board|
|Thomas Burke||Y||Board Member|
|Tim J Cutt||Y||Board Member|
|Tomothy C. Felt||Y||Board Member|
|Tracy W Krohn||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Troy W Thacker||Y||Board Member|
|Virginia Gigi B Lazenby||Y||Y||Board Member|
|W Herbert Hunt||Y||Y||Board Member|
|W Matt Ralls||Y||Y||Board Member|
|Timothy C. Felt||Y||Board Member|
- Red Cavaney — Past President and Chief Executive Officer. 
- William F. O'Keefe — Past executive vice president. 
- Lee R. Raymond — Past Trustee and Vice Chairman. 
- Philip A. Cooney — Past “climate team leader” and lobbyist at API (before 2001). 
February 22 - 25, 2017
February 5, 2017
API launched a new advertising campaign called Power Past Impossible to tout the uses of oil and natural gas. They released one of their ads during Super Bowl 51 (see video below). According to The Hill, API estimated that the ad would have reached an estimated 110 million people. 
API plans to run the ad for several years in different media. They also launched a website, Powerpastimpossible.org, as part of their campaign.
“Power Past Impossible is the next step in API’s long-running effort to create energy awareness,” API's president, Jack Gerard, told reporters. 
“The Power Past Impossible campaign features a few of the countless products and technological advances made possible from natural gas and oil, from life-saving medical devices to cosmetics to drug stores, from plastics in our toys to cell phones to 3D printers,” Gerard said. 
The Hill reported that Gerard said that while deregulation wasn't the primary focus of the campaign, it tied in nicely.
“Those regulatory burdens, when they’re unnecessary or duplicative, add costs that make us less competitive,” he said.
“We support appropriate regulation. We believe regulation has a role. What we need to do is fix it so it’s smart, commonsense regulation.” 
June 8, 2016
API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito claimed that government reports have already proven hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to be safe. Milito points to an EPA report that, while it did conclude that fracking could potentially impact drinking water, had also said it did not find “evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.” 
“Hydraulic fracturing is being done safely under the strong environmental stewardship of state regulators and industry best practices,” Milito said. “Yet, since releasing the report, the EPA continues to face a barrage of politically based attacks attempting to tamper with scientific conclusions.” 
Notably, the EPA report that Milito links to includes a prominent notice which describes it as a “draft report,” of which peer review would begin in the first quarter of 2015. , 
“This assessment provides a review and synthesis of available information concerning the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources in the United States. This is a draft report that has been made available for public comment and shared with the EPA Science Advisory Board for expert peer review.” 
The American Petroleum Institute (API) was among organizations named in a Massachusetts subpoena looking for communications between ExxonMobil and organizations denying climate change, reports The Washington Times. 
Organizations named in the Massachusetts subpoena include the following: 
- The Centre for Industrial Progress
- The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
- The American Enterprise Institute
- Americans for Prosperity
- The American Legislative Exchange Council
- The American Petroleum Institute
- The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University
- The George C. Marshall Institute
- The Heartland Institute
- Mercatus Center at George Mason University
This latest inquiry by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is one in a series of investigations into what ExxonMobil knew about climate change and when, started by a coalition of attorneys general in the US. 
May 23, 2016
The American Petroleum Institute released a statement celebrating the passage of the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the U.S. House of Representatives which would revise Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export provisions. 
“U.S. LNG exports will create American jobs, significantly strengthen the global energy marketplace, and bolster our strategic alliances,” API Executive Vice President Louis Finkel said. “Today’s action by the U.S. House of Representatives to approve LNG exports provisions as part of the defense authorization bill further cements the critical role U.S. energy plays at home and abroad.
“It’s time for our nation to fully embrace the vast economic and geopolitical opportunities unleashed by the energy renaissance. U.S. LNG exports ensure that consumers across the globe have access to stable, diverse energy supplies, protect America’s role as a global energy leader, further enhance national security in the homeland and help our allies break dependence on nations that use their energy resources as a political weapon.” 
A group of 21 kids and teenagers (including those as young as eight years old) are suing the US government and the fossil fuel industry over climate inaction, appearing in an Oregon courtroom on March 9. , 
“It may sound like a long shot, but fossil fuel industry groups are taking the lawsuit seriously,”The Nation writes. 
In November, lobbyists representing ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Koch Industries, and energy companies petitioned the judge for permission to join the case alongside the government: The American Petroleum Institute, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, and the National Association of Manufacturers. The groups called the case “extraordinary,” and asked the court to dismiss the case. , 
Among those suing the US government:
“Nathaniel, a teenager from Fairbanks whose asthma has worsened with the wildfires that now sweep across Alaska each summer; Alex, whose family farm in Oregon has been parched by record heat waves and drought; Journey, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe living in Hawaii, whose family fled from flooding in 2012; and Levi, an 8 year old who lives on a low-lying barrier island in Florida that is already grappling with sea level rise.” 
The American Petroleum Institute has pushed to remove the crude oil export ban in the U.S. Jack Gerard, API President and CEO, said in a press conference “blocking trade in crude oil harms consumers when they fill up, it harms the economy, it inflates the trade deficit, it limits job creation, and it undermines America’s ability to protect our allies.”
“[T]he hazardous increases in oil production that could come with the removal or weakening of the crude export ban presents much greater dangers that simply cannot be ignored. Everyday, dangerous fracking wells, sprawling rail lines carrying so-called 'bomb trains' and a network of leaking pipelines threaten our communities with spills and explosions with far-too-frequent regularity. If the highest estimates of increased oil production are realized, eliminating the crude oil export ban could lead to as much as a doubling of crude-by-rail traffic from today’s already perilous levels.”
The American Petroleum Institute released an updated “Primer” (PDF) on Hydraulic Fracturing, bearing the same title as their previous reports (“Hydraulic Fracturing: Unlocking America's Natural Gas Resources”). According to the report, Fracturing is “largely responsible for changing America’s energy narrative from one of limited options to one of nearly limitless plenty.”
API makes the claim that “There are zero confirmed cases of groundwater contamination” due to hydraulic fracturing. They also divert blame of earthquakes caused by fracturing, citing studies that found it was “impossible to say with a high degree of certainty whether or not these earthquakes were triggered by natural means or by the nearby hydraulic-fracturing operation.” According to API, Fracturing is a “Safe, proven technology.”
Since the API's Report, the Environmental Protection Agency has released a long-awaited draft of its assessment of fracking's impact on drinking water. The EPA fracking assessment found that fracking indeed contaminates drinking water: “From our assessment, we conclude there are above and below ground mechanisms by which hydraulic fracturing activities have the potential to impact drinking water resources,” the EPA wrote. 
API launched a campaign in South Portland with the goal of influencing a referendum to ban tar sands in the area. The referendum was the result of local activists gathering almost 4,000 signatures in their city of about 25,000 to get the issue on the ballot.
“Some of you may be concerned about tar sands, which may have prompted you to sign a Waterfront Protection Ordinance petition. But the ordinance is not about tar sands.”
December 16, 2011
Jack Gerard spoke at a press briefing teleconference on oil sands where he criticized President Obama's decision to delay the Keystone XL project.
He claimed that Obama's decision was “driven by politics” and that environmental studies had already found that there would be “no significant impacts' on the environment” by the pipeline. 
July 19, 2010
The API released a “primer” (PDF) on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that concludes (based on two studies) that there has been “no instance of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing,” and that there were “no significant environmental risks as a result of proper hydraulic fracturing.” 
DeSmogBlog investigated the environmental impacts of fracking and came to a different conclusion: It is becoming increasingly clear that the unconventional gas boom is happening too fast, too recklessly and with insufficient concern for the potential cumulative impacts on our most critical resources – clean air, safe drinking water and a stable climate.
The API led a coalition called “Energy Citizens” and planned to hold rallies opposing the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill, targeting states “whose Democratic Senators aren't strong supporters of a stringent bill, such … Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Mark Begich of Alaska.” 
According to Newsweek, API asked regional companies to urge their employees to participate in planned protests. A leaked memo revealed that “The objective of these rallies is to put a human face on the impacts of unsound energy policy and to aim a loud message at [20 different] states.” 
“Energy Citizens” is also supported by the National Association of Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau, American Highway Users Alliance, National Black Chamber of Commerce, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, FreedomWorks, American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, and Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. 
According to O'Dwyer's Magazine, in a February 2010 article titled “The Politics of Climate Change,”
“The group has loudly protested the EPA’s decision to have greenhouse gas emissions regulated under the Clean Air Act. API members include Chevron, ConocoPhillips,Exxon Mobil, GE, Halliburton and Shell.” 
Template fliers for the “Energy Citizens” rallies warned that “Climate change legislation being considered in Washington will cause huge economic pain and produce little environmental gain.” They additionally claimed the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill would “cost 2 million American jobs, raise gasoline and diesel prices up to $4.”
The EPA estimated the bill would cost U.S. households “about a postage stamp a day,” while the Energy Information Administration projected annual “energy bill costs could rise between $26 per household to $362 by 2020.” 
API sent a letter to members of Congress critical of the Obama administration:
“The US oil and natural gas industry has the expertise and technology to produce the energy we need to fuel economic growth, create jobs, generate significant revenues for local, state and federal governments, and bolster our national security. However, our companies cannot do so if held back by harmful, counter-productive taxes and are restricted from access to domestic oil and natural gas resources that the country urgently needs. … If imposed, these taxes and fees could have a debilitating effect on our economy, when our nation can least afford it. They would reduce investment in new energy supplies, meaning less energy produced for American consumers. We cannot tax our way out of our energy problems.” 
April 20, 2009
API protested the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gas emissions endangered public health and could be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
Jack Gerard of API concluded that “The Clean Air Act was created to address local and regional air pollution, not the emission of carbon dioxide and other global greenhouse gases,” as reported in the Oil & Gas Journal. 
In response to the November 2008 election of Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice-president, API released a statement in the name of their CEO, Jack Gerard, saying:
“The American people have spoken loud and clear that they want politicians to put aside partisan bickering… . The oil and natural gas industry stands ready to help put America's vast energy resources to good use, strengthening our nation's economy and energy security, and providing good jobs for Americans across the country.” 
Gerard earlier criticized Obama's platform, saying “Obama's plan to impose a windfall-profits tax on oil companies would harm one of the few industries that are thriving” in the economic crisis. , 
January 31, 2003
API partially funded a controversial paper (PDF) authored by climate change skeptics Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas that comes to the conclusion that the climate hasn't changed in the last 2000 years. 
March 21, 2002
The API produced a 16-minute video titled “Fuel-less: you can't be cool without fuel,” which was distributed through the National Science Teachers Association. The film starts with the line “you're not going to believe this, but everything everything I have that's really cool comes from oil!”
The video is also available on the API-owned website Classroom-Energy.org. The website describes its aim as to provide teachers and students with materials on “the vital role of oil and natural gas in modern life.”  According to a WHOIS lookup, the domain for Classroom Energy was registered by the American Petroleum Institute on March 21, 2002.
An API memo leaked to the media in 1998 explained API's plan to target schools:
“Informing teachers/students about uncertainties in climate science will begin to erect barriers against further efforts to impose Kyoto-like measures in the future.” 
- “Average citizens understand (recognize) uncertainties in climate science; recognition of uncertainties
- becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom’
- Media 'understands (recognizes) uncertainties in climate science
- Those promoting the Kyoto treaty on the basis of extant science appear to be out of touch with reality.”
American Petroleum Institute Contact & Location
The address and phone number for the American Petroleum Institute (API) was as follows as of May, 2016: 
1220 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-4070
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is a sponsor of Virginia Energy Citizens, a group describing itself as a grassroots coalition.
Virginia Energy Citizens' state coordinator Miles Morin attended the July 2015 meeting of the Northern Virginia Tea Party where he was originally billed as speaking on how “the radical environmental movement poses a serious threat to our freedoms, our property.” The online initiation was later revised to read how Morin would speak on how to tell “local, state and federal officials why you support pro-energy policies.” 
Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a Washington-based watchdog group, described API's relationship with Virginia Energy Citizens. He says lobbyists and paid consultants are now not only shaping public opinion with advertising, but also attended meetings and passing themselves off as grassroots activists (a “new” strategy):
“That's clearly deceptive,” Holman said. “Not only are they trying to deceive the Tea Party activists, they'll also be deceiving Congress at the same time.” 
Website run by API to inform teachers and students of the “vital role of oil and natural gas in modern life.”
- BHP Billiton
- BP America Inc.
- Chesapeake Energy
- Chevron Corporation
- DOW Chemical Company
- Halliburton Company
- Shell Oil Company
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