ACA Policy Statement on Energy
The American Coatings Association (ACA) — which represents the $24 billion dollar paint and coatings industry in the United States, operating in all 50 states, and employing over 250,000 people engaged in the manufacture and distribution of its products — supports an energy strategy that embraces all forms of domestic energy production while expanding existing conservation and efficiency efforts.
Manufacturers depend on an affordable and reliable energy supply to remain competitive in a global economy. Oil, natural gas and clean coal remain essential contributors to America’s energy security, but investments in other energy sources such as nuclear, alternative fuels, renewable energy, and energy efficiency must be made. Of equal importance, as a key part of the chemical value chain, we rely on the availability of feedstocks that are derived from petroleum and natural gas extraction to make our products, and the increased availability of both oil and gas due to new shale plays has had beneficial effects on the availability of these raw materials.
ACA supports the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will create jobs across the construction and manufacturing supply chain, enhance our nation’s energy security and generate significant economic value. Infrastructure projects such as the Keystone XL Pipeline will have substantial impact on the economy, invigorating a supply chain that touches hundreds of companies of all sizes and all manufacturing sectors throughout the country.
ACA also supports the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of our economy. Investments in energy-efficient technologies that result in lowered energy consumption are good for the economy and the environment. A comprehensive energy strategy should incorporate the use of efficiency technologies that are commercially available today, can be widely deployed across the country, and quickly pays for itself through energy savings.
America must continue to expand access to our domestic energy supply in order to meet current needs for affordable energy and build on its current success as a global leader in energy production.