Jack N. Gerard


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Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. He holds political science and law degrees from George Washington University. Readers may write him at API, 1220 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-4070.

Most Recent Articles by Jack N. Gerard:

U.S. tops world in oil and natural gas jobs, but many more await

Aug 21, 2017 — Jack N. Gerard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s been a summer of good energy news for American consumers: Memorial Day gas prices averaging $2.36 and Independence Day gas prices at 12-year lows.

Americans have been hitting the road in record numbers this summer, reaping the benefits of the U.S. energy revolution.

Just in time for Labor Day, a new report keeps the good news coming — confirming, fittingly, that the U.S. natural gas and oil industry is a blockbuster job creator.
The report from consulting firm PwC reveals that the industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs — up from 9.8 million in 2011.


Super-safe energy pipelines are Step One in restoring our sagging infrastructure

Apr 3, 2017 — Jack N. Gerard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The State Department just granted a long-awaited permit for the Keystone XL pipeline — affirming what common sense and an exhaustive review process made clear long ago: Expanding energy infrastructure serves both U.S. economic and security interests.

Repeatedly deemed environmentally safe during a multi-year review process starting in 2008, Keystone XL would transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada and North Dakota’s Bakken region, dramatically enhancing U.S. energy security.


Tapping America’s vast energy resources lowers prices and creates jobs

Oct 18, 2016 — Jack N. Gerard

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For the first time in years, gasoline prices aren’t a significant election year concern.

It’s a major turnaround from 2012,  which featured the highest average gas prices in U.S. history at $3.60 per gallon and 2008, which saw the highest-ever one-day price spike—$4.11.

Now, the United States leads the world in oil and natural gas production, and national average gasoline prices are around $2.00 per gallon.

Average U.S. disposable household income was $1,337 higher in 2015 given lower home energy costs and other savings brought about by shale energy development, and America’s world-class refiners produce billions of gallons of fuel that is cleaner and more efficient than ever.


A free market for energy is a boon to consumers and the environment

Jul 10, 2016 — Jack N. Gerard

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Independence Day gas prices this year reached their lowest levels in 11 years, and carbon emissions are near 20-year lows thanks largely to greater use of clean-burning natural gas.

America’s energy resurgence has been a boon for consumers and for climate goals, with the United States leading the world in both production of oil and natural gas and in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.


EPA clean power plan unneeded and wasteful

Apr 23, 2016 — Jack N. Gerard

WASHINGTON , D.C.— This Earth Day, the United States had something to celebrate: We’re leading the world in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon emissions from the power sector are at 20-year lows, thanks to greater use of natural gas.  Ozone levels have dropped 18 percent since 2000.

Aggregate national emissions of six common air pollutants have fallen an average of 63 percent since 1980, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), while our population, energy use and Gross Domestic Product have increased.


Obama bizarrely shuns market success in curbing climate change

Dec 10, 2015 — Jack N. Gerard

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his opening remarks at the Paris climate conference, President Obama stated, “We have proved that strong economic growth and a safer environment no longer have to conflict with one another.”

That’s an important acknowledgment, but it’s just as important to recognize how we got here.


Obama turns blind-eye on chance to secure true energy independence

Aug 27, 2015 — Jack N. Gerard

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For decades, U.S. presidents have made achieving American energy security a top priority.