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Wisconsin's Success Relies on American Chemistry

Chemistry Creates, America Competes.

From supply chain, climate, and sustainability challenges to energy efficiency, power delivery, national security, and infrastructure needs, our nation depends on the products and innovations made by America’s chemical industry.  

Chemistry enables electric vehicle production, semiconductors, affordable housing, reliable infrastructure, and effective, modern healthcare technologies. It is the driving force behind everyday products like smartphones and computers.  

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Overregulation Weakens Wisconsin's Economy

Of Wisconsin adults are concerned that imposing additional restrictions on the chemical sector could force the U.S. to reduce domestic production and increase the cost of renewable energy.

A surge in new restrictions and lack of coordination between the Biden Administration and its agencies is handicapping the chemical industry’s ability to create products that Wisconsin relies on.  

New proposed restrictions could limit access to and increase the cost of essential products, harming the U.S. economy, jeopardizing American competitiveness in the global market, and delaying progress for industries and sectors with urgent and growing needs.   

This jeopardizes our competitiveness in sectors like domestic renewable energy production and could hamper new technology that could support the state’s agricultural sector. Wisconsin is becoming a mid-West hub for renewable energy, with increasing investments in wind and solar projects. The state has a goal that all electricity consumed in the state come from 100% carbon-free sources by 2050 – and chemistry is the building block that can make sustainability and climate progress possible. Smart, science-based regulations are needed to support the state’s energy goals as well as manufacturers’ ability to operate and innovate.  

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Wisconsin Priorities at Risk

We support responsible regulation that puts science first, promotes innovation and supports supply chain resiliency.  

There are currently 13 proposed new restrictions with the potential to directly impact the chemical industry. Some aim to outright ban certain chemistries. Others may regulate chemistries to levels where manufacturing becomes unviable or impossible.  

The growing disconnect between the Administration’s priorities and proposed regulations by its agencies is creating an increasingly untenable situation for chemical manufacturers. For example, the Administration touts the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) as one of its signature achievements and “the largest investment in clean energy and climate action ever.” In the first year of the IRA’s implementation, Wisconsin added thousands of jobs related to renewable energy and can leverage the IRA federal tax credits to expand clean energy technology manufacturing, including renewable energy, batteries, smart grids, electric vehicles and related components. However, proposed restrictions from federal agencies like EPA on chemistries needed to manufacture components for renewable energy could undercut this national priority.    

If enacted, these restrictions have the potential for a detrimental impact on the supply chains for vital technologies, including clean energy solutions like EVs, semiconductors, and many modern healthcare applications. Decreased access and affordability of these essential products could be further consequences of imposing flawed restrictions.  

Unless the Biden Administration and Congress take a different approach to how they create and apply regulations, Wisconsinites could experience unintended consequences of these policy and regulatory choices at home. When asked about high inflation causing financial strife in the same survey:  

Of Wisconsin adults agree now is not the time for new federal restrictions that could increase the cost of goods like vehicles, homes, consumer electronics, and household products.
Of Wisconsin Democrats agree now is not the time for new federal restrictions that could increase the cost of goods like vehicles, homes, consumer electronics, and household products.
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Get Involved

For chemical manufacturers, the situation must change. Together, we can address these flawed restrictions.   

Without appropriate oversight and the use of sound science to drive regulation, critical chemistries have the potential to suffer, along with the innovations and jobs that rely on them.  

We call on the Biden Administration, federal agencies, and Congress, to support frameworks that celebrate innovation and accelerate progress. 


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What Wisconsinites Believe About Regulatory Overreach on Chemical Sector - Fact Sheet