Total SA is withdrawing from the American Petroleum Institute (API), the French energy giant said Jan. 15 citing a divergence over climate policies as well as political differences.

Total’s departure will mark the first major energy company to quit API, which is the largest U.S. oil and gas lobby and the primary trade group for the industry.

During his annual State of the American Energy address on Jan. 13, API President Mike Sommers touched on the group’s role in combatting climate change and expressed his willingness to work with the incoming Biden administration on areas like methane regulation. However, in its Jan. 15 release, Total said API’s climate positions were still only “partially aligned” with Total’s.

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