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The shale gas boom and what it means to our domestic energy security continues to attract the attention of industry leaders, academics and policymakers around the country. Yesterday, ACC President Cal Dooley joined many of these thought leaders and members of Congress in a leadership forum exploring the jobs and innovations fueled by the natural gas revolution.
The forum, hosted by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, was an excellent opportunity to learn from other stakeholders’ perspectives and to share the chemistry industry’s part of the shale gas story.
In particular, Dooley illustrated before the Committee the competitive advantage an increased supply in natural gas gives U.S. petrochemical manufacturers, leading to greater U.S. investment, economic output, and industry and job growth. Dooley also noted that shale gas could propel the U.S. chemical industry into a new “manufacturing golden age” where it would thrive “for a significant period of time,” before concluding:
[quote]A growing number of citizens are learning the importance of making things in the United States. We have a great opportunity not only with shale gas, but in developing a comprehensive energy policy that can be the foundation of a restored U.S. manufacturing capacity.[/quote]
Among the other stakeholders present:
Note: In the video above, the discussion begins at the 16:30 mark.
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