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350.org on American Petroleum Institute’s 'State of American Energy' 2021 Report:

"Like an arsonist telling us how to put out a fire."

New York, NY - Today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released their annual State of American Energy report, where the fossil fuel front-group doubled down on the industry’s climate deception playbook.

On this latest report, Emily Southard, 350.org spokesperson, said:

“The American Petroleum Institute weighing in on our country’s energy future is like an arsonist telling us how to put out a fire. API knew and lied for decades about the reality of the climate crisis, and is now doubling down on its playbook of delay and deception.

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“While API flaunts the diversity of fossil fuel workers, the report blatantly fails to mention the disproportionate harm to Black, Indigenous, and communities of color by fossil fuels; the over 118,000 oil and gas workers laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic; and its funding of a white supremacist insurrection.

“Renewables are already eclipsing fossil fuels. It’s time to make polluters like API pay for their deliberate climate destruction, and leap toward a just recovery that puts our communities’ health and safety first.”

Just yesterday, the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) reported that renewables will account for a majority of new U.S. electricity generating capacity in 2021, including wind power overtaking coal in Texas generating nearly a quarter of energy there.

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