The Morning Blend


The reason behind higher gas prices during the summer

Posted at 2:04 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 17:04:57-04

According to the National Household Travel Survey, the average summer long-distance trip is 284 miles one-way. That’s a lot of gas and considering that the national average for a gallon of regular is around $2.87, it’s a lot of money, too.

Frank J. Macchiarola is the vice president of Downstream and Industry Operations at the American Petroleum Institute (API). Mr. Macchiarola joined API in January 2016, where he leads association efforts on fuels, refining, marketing and downstream safety, security and technology.

Prior to joining API, Mr. Macchiarola served as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA).

From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Macchiarola served in several senior staff positions in the United States Senate including Staff Director, Minority Staff Director, and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Minority Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Mr. Macchiarola was previously a partner in the policy resolution group at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and he began his career as an associate in the litigation group of a New York City law firm.

Mr. Macchiarola earned his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.