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ACC Statement Regarding House Hearing on Industrial Provisions of the Clean Future Act

Jennifer Scott

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2021) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in advance of today’s hearing in the House Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, “The Clean Future Act: Industrial Climate Policies to Create Jobs and Support Working Communities.”

“American chemistry has an important role as a provider of climate solutions and an engine of economic growth and jobs. We look forward to engaging with committee members and other lawmakers of both parties to discuss smart and effective ways to reduce emissions while maintaining a vibrant U.S. manufacturing sector.

“We support provisions that would create a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program to support manufacturing of clean energy systems and help reduce emissions related to energy-intensive manufacturing. We also support the section that establishes a Sustainable Industry Rebate Program at DOE to assist industrial facilities in making upgrades to improve energy and water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“American chemistry is essential to the ‘green jobs’ our nation wants to maintain and grow. We provide 544,000 skilled, good-paying jobs and support millions more jobs in other industries and local communities. We create inputs and technologies for items that save energy (building insulation, electric and fuel-efficient vehicles), enable renewable energy (e.g., wind turbines, solar panels), and lower the emissions intensity of industrial processes (e.g., CHP, CCUS, catalysis, hydrogen). These innovations are among the many ways chemistry is the science behind sustainability.

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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