Contact: Jennifer Scott (202) 249-6512
State of the Union Address Confirms Importance of Domestic Energy Production
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 24, 2012)
, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
"ACC welcomes the President's focus on energy and manufacturing-key to any blueprint for a stronger economy. Our
and their more than 780,000 employees are part of the answer, creating solutions that will enable a strong, secure and sustainable future.
"Meeting America's challenges will require a
true national energy strategy
. It must encourage robust energy development, diversify energy supplies and give
its due. Fortunately, a golden opportunity is right under our feet.
Natural gas from shale
is a prime example of the 'homegrown energy' the President wants America to use. It's a game changer for the chemistry industry and other manufacturers, who can use more affordable and stable supplies to expand exports and
. The chemistry industry is driving this manufacturing renaissance.
"To realize our economic potential, we need effective,
fiscally responsible policies
and balanced, rational regulations that will allow the nation to capitalize on our significant domestic energy sources while also protecting our environment.
"We look forward to learning more about the proposals the President outlined tonight, and to working with policymakers to develop a national energy strategy."