The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) is underway in Washington, and the discussions and presentations have been lively. At the opening 'Policy Outlook' forum Wednesday morning, Biofuels Digest Editor Jim Lane welcomed the leaders gathered, including more than 130 C-level attendees, and introduced the heads of the '7 families' on the dais representing the key trade groups involved in biobased policy, one of which is the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®).
In her comments, Kathleen Roberts, Executive Director of BRAG, harkened back to Chicago cop Jimmy Malone's (Sean Connery) dying words from the movieThe Untouchablesto paint a picture for the audience illustrating the significance of the TSCA reform opportunity before them. 'What are you prepared to do?' Roberts implored those gathered, who have fought so hard to innovate and commercialize and become 'card-carrying members of the chemical manufacturing industry,' to not let this once in a generation opportunity to influence the future of chemical regulatory law pass them by. 'This industry segment needs to engage now -- or be willing to live with what others decide. It could be another 40 years before change occurs again. So again I ask you, what are you prepared to do?'
A full update from ABLC will be in next week's Biobased Policy and News Report.