Ryan Baldwin

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Director, Issue Communications | American Chemistry Council
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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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Lightweight, durable carbon fiber creates a competitive advantage for U.S. manufacturers

By helping to make airplanes faster, cheaper, quieter and more efficient, carbon fiber technology is key to staking out a competitive edge in international commercial aviation, according to a recent article in ClimateWire. Carbon fiber is also another product of chemistry that enables U.S. efforts to make our energy supplies go further than ever while […]

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In the face of budget cuts, Pennsylvania schools cut back on their energy use

Schools across Pennsylvania have discovered a way to recoup lost funds resulting from state budget cuts this year: cutting back on the energy they consume in the classroom. And they’re doing it with the help of energy-efficient technologies like programmable thermostats and efficient lighting, according to an article by Jessica Tully in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. […]

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BASF Total Petrochemicals revamps its Port Arthur steam cracker to process ethane

BASF Total Petrochemicals is among a growing list of chemical manufacturers announcing expansion plans, thanks to abundant supplies of natural gas from shale. The company, a joint venture formed last year between BASF Corp. and Total Petrochemicals & Refining, has revamped its Port Arthur, Tx., steam cracker to process ethane transported from Mont Belvieu, Tx., […]

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Chemistry, efficiency and high performance products go hand-in-hand

Energy-efficient appliances can help Americans save energy and reduce utility bills without sacrificing on performance, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). Energy-sipping refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners, heat pumps and light bulbs are performing at least as well if […]

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New interactive case studies showcase the chemistry driving U.S. energy efficiency

All told, the products of chemistry and plastics help Americans save up to $85 billion a year in energy costs. But what’s less “telling,” one might say, is just how these products work — and how hard ACC member companies work every day to make their chemistry work better for you. ACC members are on […]

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In Ohio, a second wave of sustainable jobs for all talents and skills

The continued growth in production of abundant and affordable natural gas in the Utica Shale region of Ohio is transforming the state into a rich breeding ground for both “blue-collar” and increasingly, “white-collar” jobs. For years, the manufacturing and logistics sectors have dominated the growing employment numbers, creating thousands of jobs for hard-working laborers throughout […]

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New study illustrates connection between energy efficiency and home affordability

Owning or choosing to purchase an energy efficient home can lead to significant cost savings for many moderate- and middle-income homebuyers, according to a University of North Carolina study of 71,000 U.S. home loans originating between 2002 and 2012. Energy Star homes “provide documentable savings of 15 percent or higher on utility bills compared with […]

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From England, thumbs up for an American energy revolution

The Economist, Great Britain’s globally-respected analyst of political and economic trends, has given a sterling endorsement of the benefits of natural gas for the U.S economy, especially the chemical industry. The story’s bottom line: “Gas is the new gold,” and the shale gas and oil bonanza is transforming America’s energy outlook and boosting our country’s […]

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