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WASHINGTON (Dec. 20, 2016) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to use section 12a of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to withdraw large portions of the Arctic and Atlantic from oil and gas development. 

“This action by President Obama in his last days in office is another disturbing example of short-sighted policy decisions made by the Administration to limit access to oil and natural gas on federal lands; it is the kind of policy that flies in the face of his own calls for a diverse all-of-the-above energy strategy. 

“American manufacturers rely on secure and affordable energy supplies to compete globally. Yet, with this action the Administration has chosen to take sizable deposits of oil and gas off the table, which will eventually place upward pressure on prices and put America’s ability to compete in global markets in jeopardy. 

“Public lands are important suppliers of domestic energy, and any sensible long-term policy must include offshore resources. New supplies will help ensure that the U.S. economy and its consumers have access to energy for future generations. A national energy strategy that includes Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources will support the manufacturing renaissance taking place in the United States. The U.S. business of chemistry relies on abundant, affordable natural gas as a source of energy and as a feedstock for countless chemical innovations that make life safer, more sustainable and more convenient.”

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