Yesterday, in conjunction with the American Chemistry Council, the American Forest and Paper Association, the Agricultural Energy Alliance and a host of other manufacturers and consumers, we launched the Consumer Alliance for Energy Security (CAES). Together, we will be calling on Congress to move on legislation that will allow us to tap our own domestic supplies of energy.
As it is, manufacturers use about a third of all the natural gas in the US, so as prices have spiked (to the highest in the world), we pay dearly. All the while, we sit on 420 trillion cubic feet of it in the Outer Continental Shelf. In data released today, the public — by 3 to 1 — supports opening the OCS to exploration.
The chemical industry alone has lost 100,000 jobs because of rising prices. There are 120 chemical plants being built in the US. Only one is being built in the US. Other industries — like paper, plastic and fertilizer, among others — have all been hammered by high energy prices that weigh down our ability to compete.
In any event, here’s a link to the press release put out yesterday by the coalition and here’s a link to the new CAES website. Lots of good info there. Better still, you can click here to weigh in with your elected representatives on this most important issue.
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