American Oil and Gas Industry Letter to President Biden: Don’t Declare a Climate Emergency that Advances False Climate Solutions

WASHINGTON –  Troubled by reports that certain groups have urged the Biden administration to declare a climate emergency, state and federal organizations sent a letter to President Biden today urging him to reject ill-conceived policies that would drive up energy costs and global emissions. Rather than declare a climate emergency with policies that reduce domestic oil and natural gas production, the letter calls on the president to work with American energy producers to meet the dual challenge of providing affordable and reliable energy to the world, while addressing global climate change. 

The letter states:

“…The greatest emissions reductions in the world have been achieved because of the American shale revolution, as natural gas displaced higher-emitting fuels. Within our operations, we are meaningfully reducing emissions while increasing production. Shutting down US energy exports or production of oil and natural gas here in America will only lead to higher emissions, as that void will be filled by less regulated, higher emitting sources. It will also drive up costs and exacerbate the economic pain that Americans are already feeling amidst record high inflation.

“The world is in the midst of an energy crisis, and energy demand is predicted to continue to grow. Gasoline prices in the US recently reached an all-time high, and many countries around the world are facing acute energy shortages. We must work together to provide affordable, ever-cleaner energy to the world. So-called climate policies, such as banning exports or restricting domestic production, moves us backwards and will drive up both costs and global emissions…”

The full letter, signed by the following organizations, can be found here.

      • American Exploration & Production Council
      • Alaska Oil and Gas Association
      • Colorado Oil & Gas Association
      • Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance
      • Energy Workforce & Technology Council
      • Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia
      • Independent Petroleum Association of America
      • LNG Allies
      • Marcellus Shale Coalition
      • North Dakota Petroleum Council
      • Ohio Oil and Gas Association
      • Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma
      • Petroleum Association of Wyoming
      • Southeast Oil & Gas Association
      • Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
      • Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
      • US Oil and Gas Association
      • Utah Petroleum Association
      • Utica Energy Alliance

About the American Exploration and Production Council:
AXPC is a national trade association representing the largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States. We lead the world in the cleanest and safest onshore production of oil and gas, while supporting millions of Americans in high-paying jobs and investing a wealth of resources in our communities. Learn more at

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