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Worried, big oil fights back

The US oil and gas industry's leading trade association has launched a powerful campaign aimed at mobilising Americans to oppose legislation it says would hinder economic growth, cost jobs and erode energy security

The American Petroleum Institute (API) held citizen rallies in seven cities in early September to discuss the effect of these measures on jobs and economic recovery. The API is not acting alone. It lists three-dozen partners, including not only other energy-industry associations, but also such diverse entities as the Council for Citizens against Government Waste, the Hispanic Leadership Fund, the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. API president Jack Gerard argues that higher taxes and increased regulation could have an adverse impact on the energy industry, which supports more than 9.2 million jobs in the U

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