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NPRA says defeat of Sanders Amendment helps preserve American jobs

Charles T. Drevna, President of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), said on 16th June 2010 that the 61 US Senators who defeated an amendment that would have resulted in tax increases to the domestic petroleum refining industry cast an important vote to preserve American jobs. The amendment, defeated in a Senate vote on Tuesday, was sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). It would have resulted in a number of tax increases to the oil and natural gas industries, including refiners.

Drevna’s comments

Drevna said the amendment ‘amounted to an assault on the tens of thousands of men and women, many of them union members, who work in 149 refineries across our nation, along with the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose jobs depend on refineries. Passage of this amendment would have weakened the industry that provides these hard working Americans with jobs and strengthened foreign competitors, possibly leading to layoffs and the outsourcing of refinery jobs abroad.’

The amendment would have declared that, for the purposes of the International Revenue Code, America’s domestic refineries are not ‘manufacturers’ and are not entitled to a federal manufacturers’ tax deduction available to all other domestic manufacturing industries.

Drevna said the vote against the amendment ‘was a vote to preserve a domestic manufacturing industry that is critical to our nation’s energy security and to the nascent economic recovery.’

‘NPRA members are clearly engaged in manufacturing,’ said Drevna. ‘Their workers convert a raw material, oil, into finished products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel and asphalt. Domestic refiners compete in a vibrant and growing international refining industry every day to preserve our ability to supply Americans with American made products.’

US refineries manufacture 90% of the gasoline and diesel fuel consumed in America.

NPRA applauds court’s decision to deny dismissal of California LCFS suit

The US District Court for the Eastern District of California today denied California’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board as part of ‘AB 32’, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

‘We applaud the court’s decision to allow this legal challenge to California’s LCFS to move forward,’ Charles Drevna said. ‘The California LCFS is unlawful for a number of reasons, including the fact that it violates both the Commerce Clause and the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution.’

‘California’s LCFS conflicts with current federal law, including the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. It will also harm our nation’s energy security by discouraging the use of Canadian crude oil, our nation’s largest source of imported petroleum, and ethanol produced in the American Midwest,’ Drevna added. ‘We look forward to asking the court to address the underlying constitutional issues raised in the lawsuit.’


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