Consensus has been hard to come by during this election season, but if there’s one issue that earns high approval from Americans of all political identifications, it’s American energy leadership, Jack Gerard, API president recently stated.
API conducted an election night survey of actual voters across the country, and the findings reveal that more than 80 percent of voters agree that U.S. oil and natural gas production can help achieve each of their most important priorities: job creation (86 percent), economic growth (87 percent), lower energy costs (82 percent), and energy security (85 percent).
With drivers saving more than $550 in fuel costs and household budgets growing by $1337 due to utility and other energy-related savings in 2015, it should come as no surprise that voters appreciate the positive economic impact of U.S. energy. Americans not only recognize the benefits of the U.S. energy renaissance but they also support actions that would build on our position as the world’s leading oil and natural gas producer.
- 80 percent support increased development of U.S. oil and natural gas resources, including 71 percent of Democrats, 94 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Independents.
- 81 percent support increased development of the country’s energy infrastructure.
- 75 percent expressed concern about government requirements that would increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline.
- 72 percent oppose higher taxes that could decrease investment in energy production and reduce energy development.
- 77 percent support natural gas’ role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- 92 percent believe it is important that gasoline and diesel fuels are helping reduce air pollution.
- 77 percent oppose legislation that could increase the cost of domestic oil and natural gas operations and thus potentially drive up consumer costs.
Voters want a Congress and administration that works for their interests. And just as there is bipartisan voter support for energy priorities, there is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats in Congress to work toward pro-development policies that provide economic growth, job creation, and energy security.