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Ryan Baldwin

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Manager, Issues Communication | American Chemistry Council
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6 chemical myths debunked: New guide helps consumers see through common misconceptions

If there were ever a guide to help put to bed the all-too-common myths about chemicals in our daily lives, this might just be it. Making Sense of Chemical Stories, re-published in May by Sense About Science with support from the Royal Society of Chemistry, culls from the opinion of nearly two dozen independent scientists. And they [...]

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ExxonMobil on leading edge of shale-driven industrial renaissance, one step away from multi-billion dollar expansion at Baytown, TX

ExxonMobil is an early mover in America’s industrial renaissance fueled by abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas from shale and associated natural gas liquids. The company is awaiting the green light to begin construction on an exciting, multi-billion dollar expansion to its chemical facilities in Baytown, Texas — already one of the largest and [...]

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Media roundup: Who’s talking about the $100B manufacturing investment milestone

The American Chemistry Council recently announced that potential new U.S. chemical industry investment spurred by shale gas has surpassed $100 billion. The nearly 150 projects that have been reported – restarts, expansions, and brand new facilities – could create an estimated $81 billion per year in new chemical industry output and 637,000 permanent jobs by [...]

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Milwaukee meets the challenge with energy efficiency initiatives

As cities across the country look to reduce their operating expenses in 2014 and beyond, one cost-cutting strategy that has proved particularly effective is energy efficiency. Through programs such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, which encourages energy retrofits and other initiatives aimed at reducing energy use, cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin are [...]

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President promotes exports in the Big Easy, a boomtown for chemical shipments

President Obama chose perhaps the perfect venue to deliver recent remarks focused on growing the U.S. economy by increasing exports. As the president said of the Port of New Orleans: In New Orleans, exports are growing at one of the fastest rates in the nation, powered in part by a shale gas boom that has [...]

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Students educate the public on building efficiency at DOE’s 2013 Solar Decathlon

University students from around the U.S. traveled to Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. this week to participate in the biennial Solar Decathlon, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Solar Decathlon is a competition that promotes energy efficiency by challenging collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered homes. The winning team [...]

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Harnessing the power of wind through chemistry

The Department of Energy recently announced two reports that show record highs for wind energy production and manufacturing in the U.S. According to DOE, “Wind energy is now the fastest growing source of power in the United States – representing 43 percent of all new U.S. electric generation capacity in 2012 and $25 billion in [...]

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Chemistry helps bring light to people living in remote regions

Electricity does not come easily to those who live off the beaten path on the Navajo reservation in rural Arizona. Many residents like Anna Begay, a grandmother in her late 80s, recently featured in an NBCNews.com story, lack access to an electricity grid. They turn to alternative methods for lighting and power, or go without [...]

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Vehicle fuel efficiency is on the rise, thanks in large part to chemistry

How popular are chemistry-enabled, fuel-efficient cars right now? The average sales-weighted fuel economy for light-duty vehicles sold in July reached the record high of 24.8 mpg for the fourth time this year, according the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Eco-Driving Index. The number of hybrids sold in July was 45,494 – the largest amount [...]

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What are MELs and why are they using so much energy?

Many popular devices in U.S. homes and businesses don’t fit into typical energy-use categories like refrigeration, HVAC or lighting, but they still take a toll on our energy supply — comprising a “miscellaneous energy load,” or MEL, for short. Equipment like TVs, computers and other electronics, microwaves, printers, servers, transformers, elevators, medical imaging technology, and [...]

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