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      Economic Trends

      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (May 28, 2021)

      This week’s economic reports were few and mixed in their outlook. Consumer confidence eased and new home sales fell back, the victim of pricing many would-be homebuyers out of the market. The regional manufacturing surveys, however, were positive....

      Rail Merger: ACC Calls on STB to Address Issues with Competition and Service

      In its review of the proposed Kansas City Southern merger with another Class I railroad, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its member companies are calling on the Surface...

      Economic Trends

      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (May 21, 2021)

      This week’s economic reports were few. Although housing starts disappointed, the more forward-looking building permits expanded. Existing home sales disappointed, falling for a third straight month in April amid continued tight inventories. The...


      Imports support 21 million American jobs, Trade Partnership study finds; MTB reauthorization can help grow that number even more

      When we think of U.S. jobs supported by overseas trade, our minds may naturally gravitate toward jobs that are made possible by exports. Selling more U.S.-made goods overseas is...

      What Policies Can Help Improve Plastics Recycling?

      Lots of questions. At last month’s (virtual) Plastics Recycling Conference, I participated on a panel that discussed  public policies that could enable more plastics recycling.  After last year’s (non-virtual)...