American Chemistry Matters: Driving Innovation, Creating Jobs and Enhancing Safety
Archive: January, 2013

New DOE online tool can help improve building and safety performance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently unveiled a new online tool, the Building America Solutions Center, which provides information and services on building science and building efficiency. Buildings today account for one-third of all U.S. energy consumption, so the tool is designed to help promote energy reduction and improve the overall performance and safety [...]

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Why we need a U.S.-EU free trade agreement

Recent economic troubles on both sides of the Atlantic have underscored the need for renewed efforts to boost job creation and economic growth. The establishment of the U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth in late 2011 illustrated that political leaders in the U.S. and EU recognize that a step-change in the trans-Atlantic [...]

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Shale gas, chemistry and the manufacturing multiplier effect

The awards season is upon us and shale gas is winning acclaim as the star of America’s economic recovery. Kevin Bullis, senior editor for energy at MIT Technology Review, is just the latest thought leader bestowing accolades on shale gas. Bullis noted in a Fox News commentary that the mention of a manufacturing renaissance conjures [...]

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Officials: Pyrolysis to provide boost in northeast Colorado town

Fort Morgan, Colorado is the latest U.S. city poised to reap benefits from converting waste to energy. Recently, the Fort Morgan City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Creative Energy Systems (CES) regarding the construction of a waste-to-energy facility. The CES plant will convert garbage collected from local area landfills into electricity through [...]

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Fuel-efficient vehicles packed with chemistry innovations steal the scene in Detroit

Fuel-efficient vehicles stole the scene at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, signaling that chemistry-based innovations that improve automotive energy efficiency may power the industry for years to come. Higher demand for fuel-efficient cars was evident in the more than 50 new models and concepts introduced during the January 14-15 press preview. [...]

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FluoroCouncil to attend Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Jan. 23-26.

The FluoroCouncil, the global organization representing the world’s leading fluoro-technology companies, will attend the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, from January 23rd to 26th. Please join us at booth #32016E at the Salt Palace Convention Center to learn about the benefits of fluoro-technology in outdoor apparel. Booth #32016E is conveniently located [...]

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How can chemistry help keep you warm and save you money this winter?

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and for many Americans, the coldest months of winter are still ahead. But don’t crank up the heat just yet! There are other ways to stay warm and keep those seasonal energy costs down. And they have a lot to do with chemistry. Comfortable at home A typical [...]

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In Texas, natural gas and American chemistry continue to drive economic growth

Oil and gas drilling have loomed large in the Texas economy for decades. Now the production of low-priced natural gas from shale is transforming the state’s petrochemical industry and creating a surge in the exports of ethylene and plastics. Here’s what a recent report by Jesse Thompson of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas concluded: [...]

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“Man of Steel” in 2013? Think industry of steel – bigger, stronger, better than ever

In 2012, the shale gas revolution was credited for revitalizing the chemical industry and sparking talks about domestic energy security, according to a recent Bloomberg news report. The House Energy and Commerce Committee agreed with this rosy assessment in a recent blog post: In 2013, it’s the steel industry’s turn to emerge as the next [...]

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Updated building codes keep Illinois on pace with latest energy efficiency innovations

On January 1, 2013, Illinois became the second state in the nation (after Maryland) to implement the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential and commercial buildings — part of a nationwide effort to make our homes and businesses more energy efficient. The 2012 code can make homes 15 percent more [...]

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