Chemicals:

ACC's Jack Gerard urges Congress to wait to revisit chemical security rules

As Democrats plan to revisit the chemical facility security rules established last year by the Republican-led Congress, key Republicans and the Bush Administration are criticizing the move. This, as the chemical industry asks Congress to allow the Department of Homeland Security to implement the established rules and to wait a few years before revisiting the language. During today's OnPoint, Jack Gerard, president of the American Chemistry Council, explains his industry's standpoint on chemical facility security rules. He also discusses why he believes increased domestic natural gas exploration will play an important role in the future of alternative energy. Gerard says the environmental concerns associated with offshore drilling are unfounded and urges Congress to pursue increased exploration.