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  • ACC reaffirms market-driven approach for domestic energy strategy
    Shale natural gas is offering the U.S. marketplace a chance to bring domestic jobs back and expand the chemical manufacturing industry -- just some of the benefits recently noted by the American Chemistry Council and its executive committee. "The Executive Committee unanimously expressed its opposition to any new export bans or restrictions on liquefied natural gas such as a moratorium on export terminals or the prohibition on the export of natural gas produced on public lands. The Executive Committee also reaffirmed its support for free-market policies that promote the export of American-made goods, including the export of liquefied natural gas," ACC said in a statement highlighted by LNG World News. George W. Bush Presidential Center (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Policy Watch 
  • Sen. Wyden calls for tougher federal rules for fracking
    The Obama administration should consider adding health and environmental protection measures to its rules covering hydraulic fracturing, said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "Production of oil and gas resources from our public lands is of great importance to our Nation's energy supply," Wyden said. "At the same time, residents of neighboring communities must have confidence that the water they drink and the air they breathe will be free of harmful pollutants." The Hill/RegWatch blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OSHA studies revisions to U.N. chemical labeling
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the U.N. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals to determine whether an update of U.S. rules is required. The latest GHS revisions were mainly clarifications, not criteria changes, said Maureen Ruskin of OSHA. "Now that many countries are implementing GHS, they're seeing gaps, so revisions were made to close those up," Ruskin said. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA releases draft of action plan for climate change
    The Environmental Protection Agency today is releasing a draft proposal of its plans for adapting to climate change. The proposal will be open for public review and comment for 60 days. "Adaptation will involve anticipating and planning for changes in climate and incorporating considerations of climate change into many of the agency's programs, policies, rules and operations," the EPA said Thursday. Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shale gas is shifting U.S. energy landscape, GE CEO says
    The shale natural gas boom is transforming the U.S. energy landscape, said Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric. During an event in Washington, D.C., Immelt also touted free trade and its potential economic benefits. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China looks to emulate U.S. model for shale gas development
    China is seeking to exploit unconventional energy sources such as shale natural gas while tackling problems of technology, technical expertise and infrastructure. "There are pilot projects, but it's just a start. We haven't figured out which way to develop this; we're still learning. We see the shale-gas revolution in the U.S., and we get a sense of what is possible," said Xu Xiaojie, an energy expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. China Daily (Beijing) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • MIT researchers develop wastewater-treatment process for drilling
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a process of treating water byproducts from the oil and natural gas industry through humidification dehumidification. "If you compare this to a pure evaporation process, you are basically imputing the energy of the latent heat of water. Here is a process that operates like a multistage evaporation system, but in a single stage," said researcher Anurag Bajpayee. (free content) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SABIC supplies polycarbonate glazing for car windows
    Polycarbonate glazing from SABIC in Fiat's 2014 500L is one of the first uses of plastic instead of glass for vehicle windows. Plastics-based clear moldings have half the weight and offer benefits in design and aerodynamics. "The technology is now at a point where it is ready for mass-scale production," said V. Umamaheswaran of SABIC's Innovative Plastics unit. The Detroit News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • What bosses should do instead of micromanaging
    It's tempting for leaders to micromanage their teams and big projects, but it's important to resist that urge, writes CollegeHumor CEO Paul Greenberg. Instead, focus on doing the things that nobody else in your organization can do: solving strategic problems, putting together a winning team and securing the resources your company needs to succeed. CNNMoney/Fortune/You Can't Fire Everyone blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • When companies have too many ideas
    It's possible for companies to be too innovative for their own good, writes Stefan Lindegaard. If you're producing ideas faster than you can execute and bring them to market, then you're potentially wasting precious resources and putting all your company's actions at risk, Lindegaard argues. (Denmark) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC supports goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030
    In response to recommendations issued by the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy, ACC issued the following statement:

    "ACC supports the Alliance Commission's worthwhile goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030, creating annual savings of $327 billion, and saving the average household more than $1,000. The business of chemistry makes a vital contribution to energy efficiency. The products of chemistry save up to 11.1% of total U.S. energy consumption, according to an ACC study -- enough to power, light, heat and cool up to 56 million homes or power 135 million vehicles annually. These chemistry products and technologies save Americans up to $85 billion every year. In addition, a recent report by the International Council of Chemical Associations found that greater adoption of existing efficiency technologies, enabled by chemistry, could lower energy use in buildings by 41% by 2050. ACC looks forward to working with a wide variety of stakeholders and policymakers to advance energy efficiency measures that create a more productive energy economy."

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  • GlobalChem 2013 -- Feb. 25 to 27 -- save the date
    The American Chemistry Council invites you to attend the GlobalChem Conference and Exhibition, held this year at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 25 to 27. A new year, new location, new Congress. Hear the latest on key priority issues and prospects for TSCA reform legislation in the new Congress, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory priorities for 2013. Register or learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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