ACC gives shameful reaction to TV report
Regarding your article "Motive behind documentary in question," (April 2, Page 1) for the American Chemistry Council to call the report "grossly inaccurate" and unfair only points out how trade groups and companies don't know how to react when they perceive that they're being fairly or unfairly singled out for abuse. Instead of giving a clear, concise response to the accusations, the industry hacks whined that they hadn't been given enough time to respond adequately.
They attacked the accusatory data with marshmallows of no substance. They ignored the documents they were being pilloried with. Instead, they launched into an obviously canned response that answered nothing and explained even less.
I tried not to pick sides as I watched the program, but the industry representatives made it too easy. They could have been campaigning for Mom and apple pie, and they wouldn't have gotten my vote.
As to Moyers being president of a foundation "that has given out hundreds of thousands of dollars in the last four years to environmental groups," why didn't the ACC reps explore this area? Seems to me they were very ill-prepared or very lazy. Shame on the ACC for its attempt to mislead us when it had a forum to accomplish so much good for our industry. Moyers is no Sinclair Lewis, but the ACC is making it too easy for him.
Performance Plastics Inc.
Resin price inequity is timely concern
I read with great interest the April 2 letter from Jim Wallace ("Why the price gap for offshore resin?"). His question is most timely. The concern he raises is no different in Canada. I'm not sure that his theory as to why is correct, but he is absolutely correct in stating that manufacturing jobs are being lost due to this problem and this problem alone.
The first signs of this inequity became apparent shortly after the first resin price increases took hold some 18 months ago. Imported plastic finished goods never increased in price, and many have since dropped in price.
In stating that this is the sole reason for the loss of plastics manufacturing jobs, we must remember that North America is by far the most economical place to purchase energy and build or lease a plant. In most cases, the labor forces from competing countries in question are similar or equal to our rates, so they or production efficiencies can not be the major cause.
Surely someone can enlighten us why this resin pricing inequity exists.
Jerry De Boer