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NYT: “Obama Skips Clean Energy to Avoid a Political Battle on Jobs”

A Friday piece in The New York Times/ClimateWire pointed out that President Obama didn’t mention the word “energy” even once in his speech last night. ACC President Cal Dooley, interviewed for the article, said the President indeed missed an opportunity to build bipartisan support for a comprehensive energy policy: In a statement immediately following the […]

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Letter to Congress: Pass legislation to extend CFATS, continue chemical security enhancements

In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, ACC President Cal Dooley updated members on the progress the chemistry industry, along with our public and private partners, has made to enhance chemical security over the past decade. Additionally, in an interview with Homeland Security Newswire this week, Dooley reiterated the need for Congress to pass legislation […]

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650 California restaurants urge lawmakers to oppose ban on polystyrene foam packaging

On Tuesday afternoon, 650 California restaurants along with numerous local Chambers of Commerce signed a coalition letter urging lawmakers to oppose Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s proposed bill (SB 568) to ban polystyrene foam containers in the state. Prohibiting the use of polystyrene take-out packaging would deal a serious financial blow to food vendors throughout California, including […]

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New ACEEE white paper: “How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency”

A major transition is underway in America’s electricity sector as utilities retire coal-fired plants in response to new environmental regulations. Last week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published a white paper, “How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency,” which outlines how expanded investments in energy efficiency […]

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California restaurant owner says business will suffer if state bans plastic foam containers

There are many voices in the debate on whether to ban plastic foam containers from California restaurants and take-out counters. Yesterday, Associated Press reporter Sheila Kumar gave small businesses a well-deserved opportunity to speak for themselves on the issue. In Kumar’s article, you’ll hear from concerned restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt, who says Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s […]

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NYT: DOE Natural Gas Subcommittee report on hydraulic fracturing a “sensible way forward”

A New York Times editorial this morning discussed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Natural Gas Subcommittee draft report on hydraulic fracturing – calling the report a “sensible way forward.” ACC found the report’s approach reasonable in two important respects. First, the DOE report attests to the enormous potential of shale gas to drive job creation […]

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Illinois Chemical Industry: President’s bus tour ignores job-threatening EPA regulations

Today, the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) commented on President Obama’s “bus tour” through the Midwest, which includes two stops in Illinois and several others in Minnesota and Iowa. The statement highlights a growing concern among American businesses and associations about federal regulations that could stifle U.S. manufacturing and hinder America’s economic recovery. Specifically, […]

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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 […]

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Letter to Albany Times Union re: ‘Chemical makers back drilling rules,’ July 21

A few weeks ago, ACC President Cal Dooley traveled to Albany, NY to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office as well as the Times Union editorial board to discuss the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) proposed regulations on shale gas development in the state of New York. The resulting July 21 Times Union editorial, […]

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For every one dollar earned, ExxonMobil contributes almost five to U.S. economy in first half of 2011

You may not be surprised to learn that 96% of all domestically manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry. We’re a $720 billion enterprise, an essential part of every facet of our nation’s economy, and we put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work in good-paying jobs. And this morning, we can see […]

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