15 May '11, 10pm

Bio-based chemicals to create US jobs | Business | The Earth Times

Bio-based chemicals to create US jobs | Business | The Earth Times

A report from the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst which was Commissioned by the BlueGreen Alliance is encouraging the United States to reform chemical industry regulations in the country to make the industry more environment friendly and to create more jobs. How would reforming the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to ensure the production of chemicals that are safer for workers, the environment and human health, create jobs? According to the report, jobs in the U.S. chemicals industry has been declining because it is capital intensive rather than labor intensive. However, shifting to the production of bio-based chemical products such as biodegradable plastics means a shift to more labor-intensive production. The report estimates that if ''20 percent of current production were to shift from petrochemical-based ...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/business/bio-based-chemicals-cr...

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