James Mahoney has been employed by Koch Industries, Inc. since 1988. He is currently the Vice President for Operations Excellence and Compliance and is a member of the board of directors. Additionally, Mahoney has served as the chairman of the board for the National Petrochemical and Refineries Association (NPRA), now called the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).
Mahoney and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers / National Petrochemical Refineries Association
James Mahoney served as the chairman of the NPRA from 2007 to 2008 and served as chairman of the board of directors of the AFPM from 2012 to 2014. The NPRA/AFPM is a national trade association for the petrochemical and refining industries. It has hundreds of members including Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, BP, Koch Industries, Inc., Valero, Tesoro, Shell Chemical Company and DuPont.
The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers describes itself as the “trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life.”
Stance on Climate Change
The AFPM's official stance on greenhouse gas regulations is that “AFPM believes that using this 40-year-old law [the Clean Air Act] to control of[sic] greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions threatens our nation's economic and energy security.”
The AFPM also claims in its Policy Position on Environmental Regulations that “we are concerned that EPA and other agencies have at times moved from regulation to overregulation, making unreasonable and often conflicting demands on our members to spend enormous sums to make changes in their manufacturing processes that bring little or no significant environmental or health benefits.”
At the 106th NPRA Annual Meeting held on March 11, 2008, Chairman James Mahoney stated that “any climate change legislation will have a dramatic long-term impact on the entire US economy and should therefore be considered very carefully. Given the current technology in the refining industry, we have limited options to change greenhouse gas output.”
Mahoney went on to explain that the best method for tackling climate change is to promote an open, competitive, and free market for all of America's industries.
James Mahoney and Fueling U.S. Forward
Mahoney helped develop Fueling U.S. Forward, a Koch-funded campaign designed to tout the benefits of fossil fuels (without ever mentioning the significant negative impacts of burning fossil fuels on air quality, public health or the global climate). As investigative journalist Peter Stone revealed in the Huffington Post in February 2016, James Mahoney and Charlie Drevna teamed up to pitch the concept of launching a pro-petroleum campaign to refining companies Valero and Tesoro and other energy interests.
In his piece, The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles, Stone wrote that the “fledgling Mahoney and Drevna efforts seem to signal an expansion of Koch-backed drives against subsidies and tax breaks for alternative fuels to the transportation sector, at a time when support may be on the rise in Washington and some states for boosting electric vehicles.”