Educating and Advocating for Investment and Growth
AFPM represents approximately 98 percent of the American refining and petrochemical industries. As such, our agenda is simple — to educate and advocate before Congress, federal regulatory agencies, state governments and in the media in support of energy policies that achieve our shared objectives:
- A level playing field for all industries consistent with a free market economy.
- Regulations that are simple, effective and efficient and are harmonized among jurisdictions.
- Improved energy and national security.
- Increased economic growth and competitiveness.
- Better fuels and products that improve lives.
Attaining these objectives will not just benefit our industries, but many other industries as well and, ultimately, the consumer. To succeed, we are working to ensure that the public fully understand the positive impact our manufacturers and refiners have on life in the 21st century, and to educate policymakers so that they can define policies that make America the best place to innovate, invest and grow. Specifically, we are focused on:
- Fuels policies that are rational, sustainable long-term solutions that bring certainty to fuels markets and that truly reflect an all-of-the-above energy strategy with equal consideration for traditional and alternative sources. We can start by repealing or significantly reforming the federal biofuel mandate, the Renewable Fuel Standard.
- Environmental and other regulations that are predicated on the notion that benefits should outweigh costs and that analysis should be based on sound data and science developed through a transparent process. The Social Cost of Carbon calculation should be revisited and policymakers should explore how to address increasingly contradictory and conflicting regulations.
- A national tax policy that treats all manufacturers fairly and makes the United States an attractive place to manufacture goods for worldwide use.
- Free market policies that recognize and encourage America’s new role as a global energy leader.
- Modern chemical policies that are informed by the latest scientific developments to balance risk and benefits while promoting innovation and preserving job creation.
- Workforce initiatives that address the mismatch between the skills manufacturers require to support a manufacturing resurgence and those seeking jobs with family-supporting wages.
- Cybersecurity policies that reflect today’s reality in which shared threat intelligence and best practices are critical to combat cyber attackers increasingly motivated to disrupt critical infrastructure.
- Safety programs that enable refining and petrochemical manufacturers to continue to lead the entire U.S. manufacturing sector in personal safety.