The American Chemistry Council (ACC) on Tuesday launched a new
energy advocacy and awareness campaign, From
Chemistry to Energy.
Cal Dooley, ACC president and CEO, was
joined by members of Congress and business leaders at an event
on Capitol Hill.
In order for our economy to grow, U.S. industries to innovate and compete globally, and
businesses to create new jobs, a national energy strategy
is critical, said Dooley.
Through this campaign, we
will promote the development of sound energy policies that
support these goals, while highlighting chemistrys role
in enabling a strong, secure and sustainable future for the
United States, he added.
Americans agree that a national
energy strategy is needed, the ACC said.
According to a recent national
survey conducted by Washington-based Clarus Research
Group, an overwhelming majority of voters (94%) believe
that a comprehensive energy policy is essential to building a
strong economy, creating new jobs, and making America more
competitive with other countries.
Many people dont realize that the chemistry
industry is the foundation of Americas manufacturing
sector, said Jim Gallogly, CEO of LyondellBasell.
Chemistry creates the basic building blocks for countless
products Americans rely on every day, as well as 96 percent of
all manufactured goods made in the United States.
domestic natural gas has created a new competitive edge for
American chemistry, and its driving a renaissance in US
manufacturing, Gallogly added.
Americas chemistry industry is a technology and materials innovator
and can play a central role in meeting energy challenges,
said Gary W. Spitzer, president of DuPont
Chemicals & Fluoroproducts.
At DuPont, we are intensely
focused on using science to address major challenges, including
the need for abundant, affordable and increasingly clean
energy. We offer solutions that enable renewable energy
technologies as well as reduced energy consumption, and we
continuously improve our own energy efficiency. These efforts
reflect the kinds of contributions being made across our
A recent ACC study found that the use of chemistry in
energy-saving products and technologies helps save up to 10.9
quadrillion Btus of energy annually, enough to power up to 56
million households or up to 135 million vehicles each year, and
saving Americans up to $85 billion in energy costs
ACC said it will advocate for a comprehensive national energy
strategy that maximizes all domestic energy resources, with a
focus on robust and responsible production of domestic shale
gas; improved residential, commercial and industrial energy
efficiency; and expanded adoption of energy recovery
Each will help meet national
energy security, economic and environmental goals while also
creating value for the business of chemistry, the ACC said.
For more information on the
campaign, visit its website by clicking