Dow Chemical: DOE Report on LNG Exports Short Changes Manufacturing and U.S. Competitiveness

  Dow Chemical: DOE Report on LNG Exports Short Changes Manufacturing and U.S.

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MIDLAND, Mich. -- December 06, 2012

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today issued the following statement:

“The report issued by the DOE on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports is
flawed, misleading, and based on outdated, inaccurate and incomplete economic
data,” stated Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive
officer.“The report fails to give due consideration to the importance of
manufacturing to the U.S. economy. Manufacturing is the largest user of
natural gas in the U.S., and creates more jobs and more value to the U.S.
economy from natural gas than any other sector. The value of every unit of
energy used by the manufacturing sector is multiplied by as many as 20 times
from the production of thousands of high value products though the value
chain. Compare this to the 1-time value created by exporting energy as
liquefied natural gas. Furthermore, for every manufacturing job created on the
factory floor 5-8 more are created in the larger economy.”

“The report also fails to consider the tremendous competitive advantage that
affordable, abundant domestic natural gas offers to the nation. Instead, the
report offers the baffling conclusion that the U.S. would be better off using
its domestic natural gas advantage to fuel growth and jobs in other regions
versus strengthening the U.S. economy through manufacturing and benefiting
consumers with lower energy costs.”

In addition, Liveris stated, “Industry has announced over 100 capital
investments representing over $90 billion in spending and millions of new jobs
predicated on abundant and affordable natural gas, none of which were captured
in this report. Unfortunately, policy makers have been given a flawed report
that overlooks vital dynamics, including a manufacturing renaissance that is
already underway and much needed by this country.”

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