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Michigan Political and Business Leaders Tout Benefits of Shale Gas for State’s Manufacturing Sector, Economy


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Policy Forum Also Highlights Energy Efficiency, Alternative Energy, and Energy Recovery

  Adam Muellerweiss (Dow), Tom Horton
  (Waste Management), and William Mays
  (BASF) attend ACC's energy policy forum
  in Lansing, MI.
Lansing, MI (September 12, 2012) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) today hosted a policy forum, "Michigan’s Energy Future," at which more than a dozen state and industry leaders discussed how abundant, affordable natural gas supplies and energy innovation are driving a "manufacturing renaissance" in Michigan. Participants explored advances in energy efficiency, alternative energy, and energy recovery across the state, as well as key policies for Michigan’s new energy plan.

Keynote speakers included Valerie Brader, Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Rick Snyder, and Dr. Theresa Kotanchek of The Dow Chemical Company. Expert panels featured State Representatives Charlie Brunner and Aric Nesbitt; Diane Rogers, policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers; and Michigan business leaders from The Dow Chemical Company, PVS Chemicals, Praxair, Dow Corning, Cobblestone Builders, Waste Management, BASF and the Center for Automotive Research.

“Natural gas is a game changer. Michigan’s supply of natural gas from shale has the potential to create tens of thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs, boost economic output and generate much needed tax revenues for Michigan,” said Cal Dooley, President and CEO of ACC. “Michigan is a great model for states on how ensuring responsible production of natural gas can reduce energy costs, provide new sources of fuel and feedstock, and create a competitive advantage for manufacturers, particularly chemical companies. The result is increased investment in Michigan, more jobs and a growing economy.”

“It’s also exciting to see innovations by Michigan’s chemical makers that are helping to improve energy efficiency and enable a new generation of alternative energy sources. Technologies like energy recovery and renewable energy solutions like solar and wind are enabled by chemistry and are transforming the way we generate and store energy in Michigan,” Dooley said.

A recent ACC study found that a $3.2 billion investment in an ethylene production complex in Michigan would generate $8.2 billion in additional chemical industry output, bringing the state’s industry revenues to more than $23 billion. In addition, it could create 19,000 permanent jobs in Michigan, generating over $1.2 billion in wages for Michigan workers.

Today’s event is part of ACC’s energy advocacy and awareness campaign, From Chemistry to Energy. The campaign advocates 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 programs. Each will help meet national energy security, economic and environmental goals while also creating value for the business of chemistry and creating energy solutions for a strong, secure and sustainable future.
 
For more information about the From Chemistry to Energy campaign, please visit ChemistryToEnergy.com. Also, join the conversation on Twitter using #Chemistry2Energy and follow campaign updates at @AmChemistry and blog.americanchemistry.com.

WILX News 10 Interviews Cal Dooley in Michigan

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WLNS News 6 Interviews Cal Dooley in Michigan

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