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American Manufacturers Need Natural Gas to Create Jobs, Grow Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2011) - American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO  Cal Dooley today issued the following statement in response to introduction of a U.S. Senate companion to the "New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011." The Senate bill (S. 1863) was announced by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).

"As an industry that's using natural gas to create thousands of American jobs, we urge Senators to support a comprehensive energy policy rather than creating new policies to boost an already-growing natural gas vehicles sector. With natural gas use expanding in transportation and electricity, there is no need to impose billions of dollars in user fees or taxes to artificially increase demand which will distort markets, undermine the predictability of natural gas prices and pick 'winners and losers' among consumers.

"America's chemistry industry directly employs nearly 800,000 Americans and supports 5.1 million jobs in the U.S. economy.  We rely on natural gas to power our manufacturing plants and create products that make people's lives healthier, safer and more sustainable.  Natural gas offers enormous potential to restore America's manufacturing capacity and create jobs, but only with the right policies. With support for the NAT GAS Act declining in the House, we hope Senators will reject unnecessary, narrowly-focused policies that make it more difficult for American manufacturers to compete."

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