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Archive: July, 2012

ACC publishes 2012 Guide to the Business of Chemistry, a $760 billion enterprise

America’s chemical industry has grown to a $760 billion enterprise, according to the 2012 edition of the Guide to the Business of Chemistry, published earlier this week. Prepared by ACC’s Economics and Statistics Department, the guide divides the $760 billion business into five types of production, while highlighting chemistry’s contributions to the U.S. and world economies. [...]

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Hill briefing spotlights trends in energy efficiency and barriers to sustainability

Sound energy policy, combined with smart U.S. investment, can help lead to a more sustainable energy future for our country — one of the premiere topics of Tuesday’s Energy Efficiency Markets: Investment & Policy Trends event in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), [...]

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Chemistry and sports: Innovations that are changing the game

Tonight is the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. As we cheer on the incredible athletes from around the globe, it’s amazing to think about all the advances chemistry has enabled in sports at the Olympic level and beyond. Many types of sports equipment rely heavily on chemistry to help athletes reach [...]

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July Chemical Activity Barometer shows signs of slowing economic activity

ACC today released the July report of the Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a new leading macroeconomic indicator. This is the second monthly report of the CAB, developed by ACC Economics and Statistics, to anticipate the peaks and troughs in the overall U.S. economy and highlight potential trends in other domestic industries. The July CAB data [...]

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University of Texas-Austin study demonstrates potential of engineered fuel

Last week, Dr. Michael Webber of the University of Texas at Austin together with ACC released a recent study that reaffirms the potential of everyday waste as an abundant, affordable and domestic energy source (press release, full study). Dr. Webber’s study included a pilot project in which his team used an engineered fuel created by [...]

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ASME International Conference on Energy Sustainability shows engineering minds at work

Engineering knowledge can improve our global population’s quality of life — and that includes ensuring a sustainable future through advanced energy technologies that help us make the most of our domestic energy resources. That is the goal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference this week in San Diego. Now in its sixth year, [...]

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Experts and business leaders to Congress: Encourage more investment in energy recovery

Very recently, ACC hosted a policy forum on Capitol Hill (video) to discuss the importance of recovering energy from waste in strengthening our nation’s energy security. Last week, I wrote about the opening remarks from our keynote speakers Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA). This week, I’d like to focus on [...]

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Future energy needs for a healthy manufacturing economy

Today, American Chemistry Council State Affairs Vice President Roger Bernstein spoke at the National Lieutenant Governors Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, as a part of the “NLGA: Trends Across State & Territorial Governments” panel. Bernstein’s remarks focused on the “Future Energy Needs for a Healthy Manufacturing Economy.” Bernstein addressed the panel about chemistry’s contribution to creating a [...]

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Natural gas boosts energy and energy drives economic growth

In recent years, the U.S. economy has faced headwinds of uncertainty. But a recent article in The Economist finds the gusts of change are propelling the economy forward. “Amid the gloom there are unexpected signs of boom, especially in energy,” states The Economist headline. One of the brightest “points of light” is natural gas from [...]

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The Smart Energy Act will help reduce costs and improve U.S. competitiveness

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a joint hearing today to discuss an updated discussion draft of the Smart Energy Act introduced by Representatives Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah). An earlier version of the bill was introduced in February. The bipartisan [...]

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