Dow Chemical CEO Calls for Coherent Energy Policy

Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris joined Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in Freeport to announce the construction of a new ethylene plant. Liveris used the occasion to press for a coherent U.S. energy policy. Schneider has this morning's business report.

Liveris said what was needed was a policy that would encourage investment in operations that would use shale gas not only as an energy source but as a feedstock for manufacturing other products. He said Texas already understood this and that Dow was ready to work with the federal government in developing such a policy.

"If we do this right, we will create 400,000 new jobs in the chemical industry and more than $132 billion in new manufacturing output that with a small amount of taxes could go back to the American economy."

Liveris said the US risks squandering its shale gas resources without a coherent energy policy.

"If we export it, and if we export too much, some say as much as 15% of it exported, we will bring the price of oil back to this economy, thereby killing investments like this."

The new ethylene cracker at Dow's Freeport plant is expected to create 2000 construction jobs.


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Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...