Last updated on: 1/12/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“AFPM is not opposed to renewable fuels. We do, however, believe that all forms of energy should compete on a level playing field in a free market. We understand that no single energy source will meet all of our nation’s needs, and that we need an ‘all of the above’ solution to our energy challenges.

AFPM opposes the mandated use of alternative fuels and supports the sensible and workable integration of alternative fuels into the marketplace based on market principles. Energy policy based on mandates is not a recipe for success. There is no free market if every gallon of biofuels – including those that do not exist – is mandated. Mandates distort markets and result in stifled competition and innovation.

AFPM believes that in order to meet our nation’s current and future energy demands, all economically viable energy sources will be needed. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), which mandates increasing annual volumes of biofuels in the marketplace, has made biofuels a significant part of the transportation fuel mix. There are significant challenges to implementation of this standard that must be addressed.

Although we do not oppose the use of biofuels in the nation’s transportation fuel pool, we do not favor the premature introduction of any new transportation fuel before thorough testing has been conducted.”

“Renewable Fuel Standards,” afpm.org (accessed Jan. 12, 2015)

Description:

“AFPM is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life.

AFPM members make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen economic and national security, and support nearly 2 million American jobs.

Petrochemicals are used to manufacture just about everything not made from rocks, plants, other living things or metal. These products include everything made of plastic, medicines and medical devices, cosmetics, furniture, appliances, TVs and radios, computers, parts used in every mode of transportation, solar power panels and wind turbines…

From our beginnings as the National Petroleum Association in 1902, the association now known as the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers has successfully worked on behalf of American manufacturers that serve the American people and make modern life possible…

In 1998 we became the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association [NPRA] to reflect the important role of petrochemical manufacturers in our association and in America.

In 2012 we became the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a name that better describes who we are, what we do and how we benefit the American people. Our new name is meant to emphasize more than ever what we stand for – American manufacturing and jobs; proven and reliable products for your life every day; economic and national security; and a commitment to serve our nation and the American people.”

“About AFPM” and “Our History”, www.afpm.org (accessed Jan. 9, 2015)

Mission:

“AFPM members serve you and America by manufacturing vital products for your life every day, while strengthening America’s economic and national security.”

“Our History,” www.afpm.org (accessed Jan. 9, 2015)

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