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WASHINGTON (May 8, 2013) - American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement regarding U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passage of the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation (S. 761):

"We applaud the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as Senators Shaheen and Portman, for their bipartisan leadership in advancing this important energy efficiency legislation, and their support for putting energy efficiency on a level footing with other clean energy technologies.

 "As part of a comprehensive domestic energy strategy, boosting energy efficiency is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to help U.S. manufacturers be more competitive in global markets. We urge the Senate to quickly pass the bill and move the legislation to the House for a vote."

The business of chemistry is responsible for many of the  energy efficiency technologies that enable the energy we use to go further than ever before. A  recent study by the International Council of Chemical Associations estimates that the products of chemistry, such as window and roofing coatings, insulation, piping and lighting, could help achieve a 41 percent reduction in energy use by 2050, when combined with a shift to lower carbon fuels.

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