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Congress To Postpone Sending Keystone-Pipeline Bill To Obama

February 13, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Congressional leaders are delaying sending a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the White House for a likely veto until after the recess break. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, the chief Republican sponsor, told reporters Thursday it would be better if Congress was in town when...

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Retailers Fret As Products Languish On Ships, Docks At Ports

February 13, 2015 9:56 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | Comments

It's early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports. The critical gateways for international trade have...

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TransCanada Suspends Efforts To Seize NE Land For Keystone

February 13, 2015 9:42 am | by undefined | Comments

TransCanada Corp. will temporarily suspend efforts to seize Nebraska land for its much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline after landowners sued, in what is one obstacle the Canadian company still faces in the 1,179-mile project. A Holt County District judge issued a temporary injunction Thursday, keeping...

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Refinery Strike To Continue, Talks On Hold Until Next Week

February 13, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A nearly two-week-old strike at oil refineries appears set to continue into next week as talks between workers and industry representatives remain on hold. The United Steelworkers union and Royal Dutch Shell, the lead negotiator for several companies involved in contract talks, each indicated negotiations...

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Are You A Hack Waiting To Happen?

February 13, 2015 9:29 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to find out. High-profile hacks have companies on the defensive, trying to prevent becoming the next Sony Pictures or Anthem. And data shows phishing emails are more and more common as entry points for hackers — unwittingly clicking on...

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Bustling West Coast Ports Fall Quiet Amid Labor Dispute

February 12, 2015 2:27 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | Comments

Seaports in major West Coast cities that normally are abuzz with the sound of commerce are falling unusually quiet. Companies that operate marine terminals said they weren't calling workers to unload ships Thursday that carry car parts, furniture, clothing, electronics — just about anything made in Asia and...

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Report Projects Solar Energy Production To Surge In U.S.

February 12, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A recently released study projects solar energy costs will be able to compete with those of traditional electricity generation in most states within the next 15 years. The report from Scottish energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie -- titled, "Is solar the next shale?" -- asks whether solar-generated electricity is...

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1,100 Natural Gas Utility Workers On Long Island Eye Walkout

February 12, 2015 2:10 pm | by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press | Comments

A utility is making contingency plans in the event 1,100 workers who repair gas mains and help operate power plants across Long Island walk off the job when their contract expires at midnight Friday. "We have experienced management personnel from throughout the company, as well as skilled retirees and...

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Re-skilled Workers Bring The Industrial Internet Of Things To Life

February 12, 2015 1:58 pm | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side. As more and more companies migrate toward increased connectivity on...

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rose To 304K Last Week

February 12, 2015 12:20 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring. Applications rose 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase comes two weeks after applications plunged by...

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Energy Company Withdraws From Lawsuit Against EPA

February 12, 2015 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An energy company has withdrawn from Wyoming's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that lands around Riverton are legally Indian Country. However, Gov. Matt Mead said the decision by Devon Energy to drop out does not weaken or jeopardize the lawsuit, which...

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Who Pays? Who Cuts Emissions? 5 Issues For UN Climate Deal

February 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | Comments

World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks. In Geneva this week, negotiators from more than 190 countries are working on a draft of a deal that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in December. At this point it's a wish list reflecting the diverging...

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Booming SUV Market Gets New Entries

February 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Dee-Ann Dubrin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Sport utility vehicles are unstoppable — and automakers hope to cash in on the boom with some updated models coming to this year's Chicago Auto Show. One out of every three new vehicles Americans bought last year was an SUV, according to Kelley Blue Book. SUV sales rose 12 percent to more...

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GM To Build Electric Car With 200-Mile Range At MI Plant

February 12, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday. The small hatchback will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt concept car shown at the Detroit auto show last month. GM has said it...

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NAM: For Growth And Jobs, It’s Time For The President To Say “Yes"

February 12, 2015 10:15 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement following House passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline: “Today, the House stood up and said ‘yes’ to jobs, innovation and manufacturing by approving the Keystone XL pipeline...

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Congress Clears Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Setting Up Veto

February 12, 2015 10:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure. The House passed the bill on a 270-152 vote, endorsing changes made by the Senate...

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Company Identifies Chemical That Caused CA Explosion

February 12, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A California water treatment company has announced a chemical it was using for the first time led to an explosion that sent dozens to nearby hospitals in November. Emergency responders originally could not identify the substance, some 1,000 gallons of which was spilled onto an agricultural area near...

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Delegation: EPA Reaffirms Approval Of ND Haze Plan

February 12, 2015 9:55 am | by Blake Nicholson, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants, rejecting an appeal by environmental groups who favor a federal plan. The EPA in 2012 agreed with the state Health Department's position that the...

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Peru Anti-Oil Exploration Protest Leaves 1 Dead, 22 Wounded

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Franklin Briceno, The Associated Press | Comments

Angry protesters pelted a police headquarters with rocks on Wednesday after security forces fired on locals protesting oil and natural gas exploration in the Peruvian Amazon. At least one person was killed by gunfire and 22 wounded, hospital officials said. Protesters were repelled Tuesday night after entering...

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Should Energy Companies Be Liable For Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 9:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma. Jennifer Lin Cooper and her attorney Scott Poynter claim the November 2011 earthquakes in Prague, Oklahoma caused significant property damage. They allege that New...

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