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WASHINGTON (April 28, 2021) – Ahead of President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the following statement from its President and CEO Chris Jahn:

“We welcome President Biden’s call to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, address climate change, rebuild America’s infrastructure and restore our nation’s economy.

“From day one, America’s chemical manufacturers have been all-in on the global fight against COVID-19. We will continue our work with the administration, policy makers on Capitol Hill, in the states and around the world to lead in the battle against the pandemic. Our industry will continue to make possible countless products needed for life-saving medical care, the transport of vaccines, disinfectants, pharmaceuticals, biocides, personal protective gear as well as aid for local communities through donations and other forms of support.

“Climate change is a global challenge that requires action by every segment of society. Our industry is committed to lowering emissions in the manufacture and use of our products, and we’re exploring, developing, and implementing a host of new technologies to do so. To support climate progress, ACC issued a set of policy recommendations calling on Congress to increase government investment and scientific resources to develop and deploy low-emissions manufacturing technologies; adopt transparent, predictable, technology- and revenue-neutral, market-based, economy-wide carbon price signals; and encourage adoption of emissions-avoiding solutions and technologies throughout the economy to achieve sizable emissions savings.

“Likewise, we welcome the President’s commitment to investing in our nation’s aging infrastructure. Working with the administration and Republicans and Democrats in Congress to pass legislation to address this growing problem is a top priority for us. An efficient transportation network and robust energy infrastructure are critical to chemical manufacturing and our industry’s ability to innovate and create good paying American jobs. The U.S. chemical industry will be vital to this effort since it provides advanced materials and techniques that make many of these upgrades possible. We do have grave concerns about tax provisions in the President’s plan that will weaken U.S. competitiveness, innovation and investment in technologies needed to improve infrastructure and provide clean energy and climate solutions.

“We also share with the president and all Americans a commitment to health and safety in all that we do and we look forward to working together to explore ways the public and private sectors can collaborate to protect public health and the environment. We support efforts to make public policy discussions more inclusive to ensure traditionally underrepresented communities have a voice and their concerns are factored into decision making.

“The U.S. business of chemistry is committed to being a constructive partner in addressing all of these important issues and more. A vibrant and competitive American chemical industry will be vital to achieve a more sustainable future in which businesses, our nation’s economy and American workers can thrive.”

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