American Chemistry Council (ACC)

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Washington DC, United States

Climate Lobbying Overview: The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is engaged in lobbying US climate change policy with predominately negative positions. However its top-line messaging on IPCC action and the Paris Agreement appear to be more mixed until recently.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: The ACC has taken various positions in its top-line climate messaging. In the association's "Policy Recommendations for Lower Emissions Future," released in October 2022, ACC states support for a carbon price that "displace performance standards and pre-empt state climate laws.". In July 2022, ACC CEO Chris Jahn urged policymakers to avoid "one-size-fits-all" solutions and encouraged a focus on the electricity and transportation sectors in comments reported by BIC magazine. In its Q3 2022 Federal Lobbying Disclosure, ACC revealed it has engaged in lobbying on the Inflation Reduction Act, although its position remains unclear. In its 2021 Climate Policy Positions, ACC stated support for a “transparent, predictable, and technology-neutral” carbon price, but further qualified that support in its 2021 Climate Policy Principles. Politico reported in May 2021 that ACC, along with other trade associations, endorsed carbon pricing in the US. The ACC stated in January 2021 on its Corporate News site that it welcomed President Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement and tweeted a similar supporting statement in the same month. However, in the association’s 2021 Climate Policy Positions, it does not state if it supports the Paris Agreement. However, in an October 2022, the ACC stated support for the US re-entry into the Paris Agreement in its Policy Recommendations document. CEO Chris Jahn tweeted in support of exemptions from regulations due to the COVID pandemic in March of 2020.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: The ACC largely has negative positions on climate-related regulations, with the exception of supporting the reduction of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in National Public Radio coverage published in September 2021. In its Policy Recommendations document released in October 2022, the association states support for a border carbon adjustment mechanism and energy efficiency investments and incentives. In its Climate Change Policy Positions, accessed in October 2021, the association states support for a border carbon adjustment mechanism, although it does not provide specific details. Similarly, on its corporate website, the ACC has stated support for energy efficiency requirements in energy codes. In December 2020, ACC supported Bipartisan Energy and Climate Innovation Legislation. In October 2018, ACC supported the SAFE Vehicles Rule over CAFE Standards in comments directly to the EPA.

The ACC strongly lobbies against greenhouse gas emissions legislation. However, in its October 2022 Policy Recommendations document, the association stated support for HFC reduction targets in the Kigali Amendment and the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act. This support was also reported by NBC Philadelphia in the same month. Similarly, the ACC supported the phase down of HFCs in July 2021 comments to the EPA and an August 2021 blog post. In June 2021, ACC opposed the Biden administration rescinding the EPA’s Benefit-Cost Rule, which would limit the science that could be used in regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The Washington Post indicated in February 2021 that the ACC did not support considering the social cost of carbon in greenhouse gas emissions legislation. The association supported the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in direct comments to the EPA in April 2018.

Positioning on Energy Transition: The ACC has a predominantly negative position on transitioning the energy mix that largely emphasizes natural gas and opposing policies that could enhance renewable generation, with the exception of support for EV infrastructure. In the association's "Policy Recommendations for a Lower Emissions Future" released in October 2022, the ACC stated support for continued use of fossil gas with ambiguity around CCS conditions and timelines. In the same document, the ACC was unclear on its support of nuclear and suggested that hydrogen production based on fossil fuels is desirable. In a September 2022 news release, ACC supported federal permitting reform, including provisions to expedite fossil fuel projects. In its 2021 Climate Policy Positions, the association has stated support for natural gas in the energy mix, claiming it is low carbon. In a July 2021 press release the ACC supported a carbon capture and storage (CCS) provision in infrastructure legislation, but appeared to support a long-term role of natural gas in the energy mix in a January 2021 tweet. However, in press releases from August and June 2021, the ACC stated support for funding and expanding EV infrastructure in the US. In June 2021, the ACC supported the Clean Energy Future through Innovation Act, which would fund capture capture and renewable but create a “technology-neutral” clean energy standard after a decade. In that same month, the ACC 794911 supported a weaker National Environmental Policy Act process by opposing considering of the social cost of greenhouse gases for infrastructure projects. In March of 2021, the ACC directly opposed the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act. Similarly, the association opposed a FERC proposal in July 2020 to incentivize utilities to join transmission organizations, which could potentially increase renewable energy generation.

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