US oil and gas industry the world's 'most important environmental movement,' energy exec says
American Petroleum Institute calls for more support in White House as gas prices hit new record highs for Memorial Day weekend
President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute Mike Sommers praised the U.S. oil and gas industry as the world's "most important" environmental movement, Friday, arguing on "Mornings with Maria" that the country needs an administration that can "continue to support" the energy industry.
MIKE SOMMERS: Well, let me say something that might be controversial to some. I think that the most important environmental movement in the world is the American oil and gas industry. It is the reason why we've been able to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the last decade because we've been able to discover more natural gas. And natural gas was able to compete with coal as the primary source of power in the United States. And as you said, natural gas is 50% more clean than coal.
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We need an administration that can continue to support the American oil and gas industry because we're still not back at levels of production that we were prior to the pandemic. We need to continue to produce because we're going to need these sources for decades and decades to come.
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