The industrial sector, which includes dozens of individual industries spanning agriculture, forestry, fisheries, construction, mining, and manufacturing, accounts for about one-fifth of the US gross domestic product. Industry is unique among the end-use sectors in that its energy intensity has declined consistently over the past 35 years, as can be seen in the figure below.
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that its Chicago Business Barometer™ soared in December to its highest level since July 1988, representing the 15th consecutive month of expansion. Furthermore, Midwest production reached its highest level since October 2004 and new orders have returned to 2005 levels.
<p>On Monday, ACEEE and AMMEX hosted a briefing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on the need for robust appropriations of S. 661, <em><a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.661:" target="_blank">Restoring America's Leadership in Manufacturing through Energy Efficiency Act of 2009</a>. </em>The briefing went quite well; there were many people in attendance, including several Senate staffers.<br />