Archive: August, 2011

45 industry leaders pledge to double engineering internships in 2012

Today, a coalition of 45 industry leaders, many from the chemical industry, took on America’s growing education crisis with a commitment to offer twice as many engineering internships in 2012 as they did in 2011. The initiative, led by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and part of a larger effort to grow the [...]

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650 California restaurants urge lawmakers to oppose ban on polystyrene foam packaging

On Tuesday afternoon, 650 California restaurants along with numerous local Chambers of Commerce signed a coalition letter urging lawmakers to oppose Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s proposed bill (SB 568) to ban polystyrene foam containers in the state. Prohibiting the use of polystyrene take-out packaging would deal a serious financial blow to food vendors throughout California, including [...]

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New ACEEE white paper: “How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency”

A major transition is underway in America’s electricity sector as utilities retire coal-fired plants in response to new environmental regulations. Last week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published a white paper, “How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency,” which outlines how expanded investments in energy efficiency [...]

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California restaurant owner says business will suffer if state bans plastic foam containers

There are many voices in the debate on whether to ban plastic foam containers from California restaurants and take-out counters. Yesterday, Associated Press reporter Sheila Kumar gave small businesses a well-deserved opportunity to speak for themselves on the issue. In Kumar’s article, you’ll hear from concerned restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt, who says Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s [...]

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Eastman Chemical growth story featured on cover of Chemical Week magazine

Since its founding in 1920 by George Eastman, the Eastman Chemical Company has become an industry success story – one that earned a spot on the cover of the latest issue of Chemical Week magazine. Eastman specializes in chemicals, plastics and fibers that go into products consumers use every day. From the paint on our [...]

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NYT: DOE Natural Gas Subcommittee report on hydraulic fracturing a “sensible way forward”

A New York Times editorial this morning discussed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Natural Gas Subcommittee draft report on hydraulic fracturing – calling the report a “sensible way forward.” ACC found the report’s approach reasonable in two important respects. First, the DOE report attests to the enormous potential of shale gas to drive job creation [...]

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How can Washington green America’s economy? ACC’s reply to the National Journal

ACC President Cal Dooley today posted a comment on the National Journal’s “expert” blog on Energy & Environment in response to reporter Amy Harder’s question, “How Can Washington Green America’s Economy?” It’s a challenging question, but one to which ACC has given a lot of thought. I’ve included Cal’s response below. As always, you are [...]

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Illinois Chemical Industry: President’s bus tour ignores job-threatening EPA regulations

Today, the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) commented on President Obama’s “bus tour” through the Midwest, which includes two stops in Illinois and several others in Minnesota and Iowa. The statement highlights a growing concern among American businesses and associations about federal regulations that could stifle U.S. manufacturing and hinder America’s economic recovery. Specifically, [...]

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Dow Corning sponsors US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

Illustrating its commitment to driving innovation in the solar industry, Dow Corning has announced that it will sponsor the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon this year. The DOE Solar Decathlon, which runs from September 23 to October 2, will challenge 20 collegiate teams “to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, [...]

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Letter to the Wall Street Journal: “Shale Gas Is Helping Industry, Too”

The Wall Street Journal has published a letter written by ACC President Cal Dooley in response to a July 26 editorial, “A Tale of Two Shale States.” In the letter, he explained that an abundant supply of natural gas from shale deposits would generate more than 400,000 new jobs in the United States, more than [...]

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