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Letter to the Wall Street Journal: “Shale Gas Is Helping Industry, Too”

The Wall Street Journal has published a letter written by ACC President Cal Dooley in response to a July 26 editorial, “A Tale of Two Shale States.”

In the letter, he explained that an abundant supply of natural gas from shale deposits would generate more than 400,000 new jobs in the United States, more than $132 billion in U.S. economic output, and $4.4 billion in new annual tax revenues.

Underscoring these promising findings, chemical companies continue to announce exciting new U.S. investments and expansions that mean job creation and recovery here at home.

On a related issue, Congress should refrain from imposing market-distorting incentives that could threaten the reliability of shale gas supplies.

That’s why, earlier this summer, ACC launched a grassroots campaign opposing the NAT GAS Act, which would create a new $5 billion taxpayer subsidy to favor the use of natural gas for transportation vehicles.

The bill could weaken the resurgence of American chemistry and other manufacturers, and we need your help in opposing it. Please click here and let Congress hear from you.

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A point not made in your editorial “A Tale of Two Shale States” (July 26), or in the letters of July 29, is that natural gas is especially critical to the revitalization of chemical manufacturers, an industry that employs 784,000 Americans and supports five million additional jobs across the economy. Natural gas and its associated liquids are the primary raw materials, or feedstocks, that enable the chemical industry to create 96% of all the domestically manufactured goods Americans purchase and use daily.

A recent American Chemistry Council study found that increased production of shale gas would produce nearly 400,000 new jobs in the chemical sector and among suppliers, increase U.S. economic output by more than $132 billion and provide $4.4 billion a year in local, state and federal taxes. The chemical industry now has a huge advantage over its global competition. In 2010, industry exports increased 17%, shifting the industry’s balance of trade from a $100 million deficit to a $3.7 billion surplus. Plastics exports alone were up 10% last year. Industry leaders such as Dow Chemical and Eastman Chemical have restarted plants idled by the recession. Other companies are expected to announce expansion plans in the U.S.

America will continue to rely on and benefit from natural gas development. As a result, aggressive policies aimed at constraining supply as demand increases could undermine the growth and development of American manufacturers.

Cal Dooley

President and CEO

American Chemistry Council



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