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Domestic Manufacturing Is Focus of House Climate Hearing

Jennifer Scott

We’re looking forward to today’s House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development hearing examining the role of domestic manufacturing in a clean energy future. Materials manufacturers are essential to achieving climate progress, as we provide components for a long list of energy-saving applications. Doing what we do requires a lot of energy. For example, the business of chemistry operates by creating complex chemical reactions requiring large amounts of process heat and power. Keeping energy and electricity affordable and reliable for U.S. manufacturers must be part of any national climate strategy.

Another key consideration is the fact that materials manufacturers compete globally. Climate policies simply must ensure the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. Otherwise, we could see our domestic production capacity shift to other nations – and with it, GHG emissions and jobs. That could lead to a weaker U.S. economy and higher net global emissions. No one wants that.

U.S. manufacturers are researching and investing in exciting new processes and technologies to reduce emissions in their companies and facilities, but these efforts will be wasted if policymakers don’t look at the big picture.

ACC supports policies to promote innovation, encourage a diverse mix of energy and electricity sources, and improve the regulatory permitting process for energy and manufacturing projects.

We welcome recently introduced energy and climate legislation covering each of these areas, including:

  • H.R. 1761, CCUS Innovation Act (Rep. McKinley), which promotes the development of innovative carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects through the DOE loan guarantee program
  • H.R. 1788, Clean Energy Hydrogen Innovation Act (Rep. Pence), which promotes the development of innovative hydrogen energy projects through the DOE loan guarantee program
  • H.R. 575, Strengthening North American Energy Security (Rep. Mullin), which removes regulatory barriers to the permitting of cross-border pipelines and electricity transmission
  • H.R. 684, Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act (Rep. Armstrong), which authorizes the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline
  • H.R. 751, Protecting American Energy Production Act (Rep. Duncan), which prohibits bans on hydraulic fracturing to preserve America’s energy independence and national security
  • H.R. 1616, Expanding Access to Clean Energy (Rep. Burgess), which streamlines the natural gas pipeline permitting process at FERC
  • H.R. 1588, Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act (Rep. Rodgers), which updates and strengthens the licensing process for renewable hydropower projects; and promotes innovation and next generation hydropower technologies that protect the environment and natural resources.
  • H.R. 245, New Source Review Permitting Improvement Act (Rep. Griffith), which provides regulatory certainty and encourages investment, particularly in emissions-reducing upgrades, by reforming the New Source Review (NSR) program for industrial facilities and power plants to clarify when facility upgrades require permits.
  • H.R. 1855, Promoting New Manufacturing Act (Rep. Scalise), which promotes new manufacturing in the United States by providing for greater transparency and timeliness in obtaining pre-construction permits under the Clean Air Act.
American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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