Tag Archives: Trade

What “hulk” Mark Ruffalo doesn’t understand about trade policy

If you’ve listened to some of the discussions on trade policy during the Presidential primary season, you’d be forgiven for thinking that trade deals have had a negative impact on the U.S. economy.  That’s far from the case. Indeed, it’s been a frustrating few months for those in favor of rational, evidence-based debate on U.S. […]

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Energy outlook to 2040: Chemicals and plastics growth — in the U.S. and globally

Industrial energy usage is projected to rise by 30 percent from 2014 to 2040, with the chemical sector leading the way, according to an ExxonMobil report released last month, “The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040.” Energy demand in the chemical sector will grow by about 50 percent over that period, driven by improving […]

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Senate gives the nod to move TPA bill to the next critical phase

The Senate has now joined the vast majority of Americans that say they would support passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation to broaden global market access for goods and services made right here in the USA. ACC has been an ardent supporter of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R.1890/S.995). First, we […]

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GlobalChem and the road ahead: Why this year’s conference marks the halfway point for one of the most transformative decades for the industry and regulations

ACC Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Mike Walls kicked off Tuesday’s GlobalChem regulatory conference with a prediction: “Ten years from now,” Walls said, “We will look back at 2015 as the inflection point in one of the most transformative decades for shaping chemical policy.” If you think about it, it’s easy to see […]

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Fueling Export Growth (Part 2 of 2): Why the expected surge in U.S. chemicals exports will depend on our country’s ability to deliver on its ambitious trade agenda

The release yesterday of ACC’s latest exports report, “Fueling Export Growth: U.S. Net Export Trade Forecast for Key Chemistries to 2030,” painted a bright picture for exports of chemicals linked to the shale gas revolution. But what stood out to me even more than the numbers themselves was that our industry’s massive growth potential largely […]

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Fueling Export Growth (Part 1 of 2): U.S. chemical exports linked to natural gas could double by 2030; plastics products leading the surge

On the heels of a wave of new chemical industry investment projects expected to come online over the next few years, gross exports of chemical products linked to natural gas, including plastics, could reach $123 billion by 2030 – more than double what chemical manufacturers exported in 2014, according to a new report from Nexant, […]

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U.S. manufacturing exports surging due to shale gas

Exports of manufactured products have risen 6 percent since the start of America’s shale gas production boom, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It’s a sign that plentiful, affordable natural gas – already a strong catalyst for chemical industry export growth – is benefiting U.S. manufacturing. A reversal in U.S. […]

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Tired accusations on TTIP

It seems self-evident that efforts to improve regulatory transparency while maintaining strong protections for the environment and human health; to enhance regulatory efficiency while reducing costs for governments and industry; and to stimulate the economy while supporting job growth should be shared objectives under the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Unfortunately, that appears not […]

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American chemistry: Growing the U.S. economy, providing jobs, enhancing safety

Have you used your cell phone today? Laptop? Drunk from a coffee mug, or worn a bicycle helmet? If so, you, along with millions of consumers around the world, have touched a product of chemistry. 96 percent of all manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry. From life-saving medical devices to airbags […]

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Reducing trade tariffs on environmental goods is a worthwhile idea, but what constitutes the “good”?

The chemical industry is strongly committed to the protection of health, safety and the environment in its operations. ACC supported the inclusion of environmental objectives in recent U.S. bilateral trade agreements, which highlight the potential for positive synergies between trade agreements and environmental objectives. It’s also important, however, to ensure that these environmental objectives don’t […]

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