Why chemistry is key to the president’s vision to build a better America


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Skilled, well-paying American jobs are provided by the chemical sector

Millions of Americans will listen to President Biden’s first State of the Union address tonight, including many of the more than 500,000 Americans who proudly work for America’s chemical industry.

The chemical industry has a tremendous opportunity to help realize an ambitious political agenda and vision to build a better America. Chemistry is inextricably linked to the scientific advancements and supply chain innovations needed to achieve a wide range of sustainability and climate goals; improve environmental justice; build new modern and resilient infrastructure; while generating new economic growth and employment.

The chemical industry is committed to advancing sustainability worldwide, through innovation, collaboration and technologies that improve the safety and environmental impacts of our products and operations. Chemistry is essential to our economy and plays a vital role in creating breakthrough products that make our lives and our world healthier, safer, more sustainable and more productive. We have the opportunity to help, but we need smart policy, creative solutions, and public investment that helps spur the development and use of advanced materials that rely on chemistry.

I will be listening to the following topics in tonight’s talk, among others:

The environmental Protection

The ACC has developed and released a set of policy recommendations for a low-emissions future, and we are engaging with Congress and the administration. Achieving America’s climate goals will require public and private sector collaboration, technological breakthroughs, significant investment, sustained commitment, and national policies.

Building modern infrastructure

Unleashing the power of chemistry to develop critical materials is important, but like so many businesses across the country, our success depends on a reliable transportation network and robust energy infrastructure. Our industry is essential to providing the innovative construction materials and techniques needed to make America’s infrastructure more resilient and sustainable. The chemical industry invests more in research and development than high-tech industries like electronics, automotive, and healthcare, investing more than $10 billion a year.

Supply chain resilience

With a presence on six continents and nearly $4 trillion in the global chemical trade, the chemical industry has spent decades investing in globally integrated supply chains that reduce manufacturing costs and create jobs. To help build supply chain resilience, the ACC is urging the Biden administration to refocus U.S. efforts to make supply chains more resilient. The benefits of globally integrated supply chains can only be realized when trade costs are low – and that means few, if any, tariffs. By increasing costs, tariffs and other trade barriers, decades of supply chain integration could be undone, hurting the competitiveness of American manufacturing and reducing demand for American products abroad.

Cargo ship carrying chemicals

Help end the pandemic

Our members work continuously on behalf of the US chemical industry and its more than 500,000 employees to provide the countless products needed for life-saving medical care, including: disinfectants, pharmaceuticals, biocides and personal protective equipment. Our industry must continue this fight to provide the world with the essential materials that will help end this pandemic and keep us healthy and safe, now and in the future.

The bottom line: From our industry’s unique role in fighting disease, to fighting climate change, improving sustainability, and protecting the health and safety of people around the world, the ability of this administration , legislatures, agencies, Congress and the chemical industry to work together to develop the solutions for a better future for all is essential.

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About the Author

Chris Jahn

As President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Chris is responsible for driving a pro-growth, science-based public policy agenda that promotes the development of breakthrough products to improve Lives ; creates jobs and economic expansion; and improves the health and safety of the public and the environment.

Chris joined the ACC in 2019 after serving six years as President and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), where he advocated for policy and regulation focused on improving safety, free -trade, environmental protection, worker health and safety, and farm law and conservation programs. promote the use of fertilizers.

Prior to joining TFI in 2013, Chris served as president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors for seven years. Earlier in his career, he was president of the Contract Services Association. Chris began his career on Capitol Hill, including serving as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY).

Chris holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University in New York.

Originally from Wyoming, Chris and his family live in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents major companies engaged in the multi-billion dollar chemical industry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to create innovative products, technologies and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improving its environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; advocating for common sense addressing key public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemical companies are among the largest investors in research and development and advance products, processes and technologies to fight climate change, improve air quality and water and move towards a more sustainable circular economy.

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