The American Petroleum Institute in a Sept. 9 letter to
Congress said legislation to protect diesel fuel users is needed at a time when
crude oil hovers near or about the $40-per-barrel level.
“The global market tension between supply and demand
underscores the importance of addressing our nation’s long-term energy needs
through policies that encourage growth in supplies, greater energy efficiency,
and more alternatives. In short, passage of comprehensive energy legislation is
still greatly needed.
“Diesel fuel users have not enjoyed the same relief as
retail gasoline purchasers due, in part, to strong demand … Passage of
comprehensive energy legislation is the clearest and best part forward in
helping those most impacted by uncertainty in energy markets,” API wrote.