API: Climate progress requires bipartisan solutions

4/28/2021

WASHINGTON – The American Petroleum Institute issued a statement from President and CEO Mike Sommers in advance of President Biden’s first joint address to Congress this evening.

“Tonight is an opportunity for the president to build support for a bipartisan legislative agenda that supports our nation’s economic recovery and addresses the dual challenge of tackling climate change while providing access to affordable, reliable energy,” Sommers said.

The climate debate is too often focused more on partisan politics than on real solutions, he said. A reasonable middle ground exists, and meaningful progress will require both sides working together to advance smart policies for a lower carbon future, Sommers said.

“API’s climate framework represents a path forward and demonstrates that we don’t have to choose between environmental progress and energy security. Instead of harmful mandates, new taxes and misguided restrictions on our nation’s vast energy resources, Congress and the administration should focus on accelerating innovation and reducing emissions through market-based solutions.”

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