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WASHINGTON (June 25, 2013) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech outlining his climate plan:
ACC supports efforts to reduce pollution and promote a clean environment that also encourage growth of our economy. Any effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be complemented by a comprehensive national energy strategy that incorporates all energy resources including coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear power, alternatives and renewables in order to ensure an affordable, reliable energy future for American families and American industry.
In recent years, the United States has become more energy secure and economically competitive than it has been in over 50 years thanks to newly available abundant supplies of domestic natural gas. Today’s proposals did not appear to reflect an effective, pragmatic approach to allow the United States to fully capitalize on this unique opportunity, and we are concerned that they could harm the diversity of America’s energy supplies by targeting specific energy sources.
While we welcome the Administration’s focus on energy efficiency, we were disappointed that the President did not make a clear commitment to aggressively and responsibly develop oil and natural gas resources on public and private lands; to develop the necessary infrastructure to get energy resources to market; to prioritize further development of alternative energy sources such as waste to energy; and to take a sound, balanced approach to environmental regulations that will facilitate continued use of all energy sources for vital electricity production and protect American jobs.