API: U.S. must grow oil and gas while reducing emissions – HoustonChronicle.com

The American Petroleum Institute’s president blamed rising U.S. carbon emissions in 2018 – after years of declines – on increasing energy demand from a strong economy and on pipeline shortages in areas like West Texas’ booming Permian Basin.

API President and CEO Mike Sommers instead focused on how record-high U.S. oil and gas production is leading the world and setting the example for how to rely more on cleaner-burning natural gas. He called rising emissions in 2018 more of a blip and noted that the Energy Department projects a dip again in 2019.

In releasing API’s State of American Energy report Tuesday, Sommers argued the U.S. can achieve the dual goal of growing the oil and gas industry while still cutting back emissions and operating more efficiently.

“We believe that the risks of climate change are real,” Sommers said in a media call. “This industry is meeting the climate challenge head on.”

He cited the API’s Environmental Partnership group of many of the nation’s top energy companies to voluntarily enact improved emissions protocols.
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