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Archive: December, 2012

ACC responds to Chicago Tribune story on flame retardant research

At ACC, we believe in the importance of science and we value the scientists that produce the studies and analysis that advance safety and help inform public policy debates. However, based on the Chicago Tribune’s recent story on flame retardants, it appears the Tribune is more interested in attacking the credibility, character, and work of [...]

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12 Days of Energy Savings: A new year’s resolution for every American

On the last day of the year, let’s take a step away from 2012 and into 2013 with resolve for a different kind of New Year’s resolution: saving more energy, which can drive positive change for a stronger, more secure and sustainable future for our families. The Department of Energy is setting a good example, [...]

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Energy recovery builds momentum heading into 2013

2012 was a big year for energy recovery, and 2013 could be even bigger. There are more than 80 waste-to-energy facilities across the country, and industry leaders see vast potential for innovations that allow us to recover more energy from waste. A range of energy recovery technologies, from modern waste-to-energy facilities to innovations that convert [...]

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Red, white and shale: A tectonic shift in energy brings U.S. benefits

The National Intelligence Council thinks big. Its quadrennial reports typically address the mega-issues — global power shifts, the “rise of the rest,” a more global NATO — that could define the future. In its most recent report, “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds,” the NIC gave a nod to the transformative power of shale gas, calling [...]

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For Sweden, trash equals cash

Waste not, want not. Or so the expression goes. It’s conventional wisdom, logical and time tested. After all, we learned it from our parents and grandparents. And it’s what makes Sweden’s current waste management situation so interesting. Like many nations around the globe, Sweden deploys a combination of recycling and conversion technologies that work together [...]

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Efficiency is key to meeting energy demands of a changing world, ExxonMobil says

The expected rise in our global population — up to 9 billion people by 2040 — will have a huge impact on the world’s economic conditions, resources and our evolving energy needs, according to ExxonMobil’s 2012 “Outlook for Energy” report. As ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson told the Wall Street Journal, “Understanding future [...]

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See how chemistry helps the U.S. save up to $85 billion a year in reduced energy costs

ACC members make valuable contributions to our nation’s portfolio of energy efficient innovations in areas like automotive, home, building and industrial efficiency. Combined, our products save up to 11.1 percent of total U.S. energy consumption — enough to power, light, heat and cool up to 56 million homes or power 135 million vehicles a year. [...]

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No apparent political divide on the benefits of shale gas

Bipartisanship on domestic policy issues materializes about as often as a snow man in Washington, D.C.  But across the political spectrum and around the country, endorsements for shale gas as a driver for manufacturing growth are popping up like Christmas trees. From Gene Sperling… Start with Gene Sperling, the Obama administration’s point man on economics [...]

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New video and report: The chemistry behind energy efficient buildings

Nearly one-third of all energy used in the U.S. today is consumed by the building sector — and that number could rise dramatically over the next few decades, potentially reaching more than 62 percent by 2050, according to a new report from the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) on the benefits of energy-efficient building [...]

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Help wanted! The natural gas revival creates demand for skilled workers

Millions of Americans are looking for work in these difficult economic times, so news of a labor shortage might come off as a bit of a paradox. But that’s the reality for parts of America’s robust manufacturing sector, where the shale gas boom has created huge demand for workers, but, in some cases, not enough [...]

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