|American Petroleum Institute|
(Aka API) The main U.S. trade association for the oil and natural gas industry. It represents about 400 corporations that are involved in producing, refining, and distributing petroleum.
A key player in the PR Wars
Since the 1980s they have been one of the key supporters of PR actions to challenge the science of AGW. For some examples of their handywork, see the entries for Global Climate Science Communications Plan and the Global Climate Coalition.
1. For an entertaining overview API and other corporate high jinks, click here to read Chris Mooney's essay Some like it Hot.