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What Do Obama And Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

Low gas prices are a double edged sword, for some it is a blessing while others are less pleased about the plummeting prices. For many consumers decreasing gas prices is cause for celebration, but are we as consumers busting out the party supplies to soon? As for the auto...

Senate Advances Keystone Bill Despite Obama Veto Threat

January 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an initial Senate hurdle Monday, a victory for newly empowered Republicans angling for a quick veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The bipartisan 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, and well above the level...

Labor Unions Intensify Opposition To Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 4:42 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal. At issue now is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a measure expected to call for lowering or...

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Interview With New U.S. Auto Safety Chief Mark Rosekind

January 12, 2015 6:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. But after a week on the job, Rosekind says he discovered the shortages are much worse than he thought. Rosekind, 59, who leads the...

Energy Hub Seeks To Improve Production Of Composites

January 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will include 122 public...

Obama: With Tech Advances Come Privacy Risks For U.S.

January 12, 2015 1:56 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked, providing more free access to credit scores and protecting students' private data. Obama said identity theft is a growing problem that costs billions...

Justices Will Not Question California Delta Smelt Protections

January 12, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has left in place restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish. The justices on Monday rejected appeals from farmers in California's Central Valley and urban water districts who had challenged a plan...

FCC Hints At Utility-Style Rules For Internet

January 8, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online. Wheeler strongly indicated Wednesday that he favors the shift to tougher regulations, describing...

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CA Says Bullet Train Could Be Climate Solution

January 8, 2015 2:15 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. The bullet train project, the first in the nation to get underway, faces challenges from...

Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House. Shortly after the introduction of a new Senate bill to authorize construction of the pipeline, White House...

EPA Delays Final Rule On Emissions From New Power Plants

January 8, 2015 9:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

The final ruling on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants, which was supposed to be due on January 8th, has been delayed, leaving many frustrated. Republicans are claiming it is a political move on the part of the Obama administration.The proposed rule was announced in September 2013, published...

Tobacco Companies Criticize Federal Judge For Misleading Public

January 7, 2015 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tobacco companies say they are being forced by a federal judge to inaccurately call themselves unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the American public. In an appeals court filing Wednesday, the industry says the statements ordered by the judge in a government lawsuit would only trigger...

Strong Dollar Means Cheap Gas, Imports For U.S.

January 7, 2015 12:19 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

As the global economy has weakened, a forcefully stronger U.S. dollar has emerged. The fallout from the greenback's appreciation is reverberating around the world. A more valuable dollar translates into cheaper oil and the imports lining U.S. store shelves. That represents both a boon for American consumers and a...

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NAM: Coalition Files Lawsuit To Stop NLRB Agenda

January 7, 2015 11:41 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

On January 5, a coalition representing an array of industry sectors and businesses filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its “ambush elections” rule, which it issued on December 12. The rule changes longstanding labor policy by shortening the time frame...

Californians On Way To State's New Energy Goals

January 6, 2015 7:41 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday. Pushing programs such as high-speed rail, for...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week

January 6, 2015 4:47 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The snapshot for this week is an image of White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaking during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The photo shows Earnest announcing President Obama's plans to veto the Keystone pipeline...

New Year May Bring More Small Business Help From Washington

January 6, 2015 1:48 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Small business owners may get more help from Washington in 2015. Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress. Democrats have opposed some proposals...

Record-Breaking CA Governor Toughens Climate Change Goals

January 6, 2015 12:38 pm | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years. Brown, a Democrat, specifically called...

First Bill In GOP-Run Senate Seeks To Approve Oil Pipeline

January 6, 2015 12:21 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Senate's first piece of legislation will seek to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, testing President Barack Obama on a project he's been increasingly critical about, saying it wouldn't have a huge benefit for U.S. consumers. The bipartisan legislation, which is sponsored by 54 Republicans and...

Net Neutrality Debate Explores Roles Of Internet, Government

January 6, 2015 11:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Conversations about technological innovations like driverless cars and Google glass are almost always accompanied by a second conversation about how to regulate the innovation appropriately. While the Internet may seem like a well-established technology, the debate over who should have control of content flow is...

GOP-Controlled Congress, Obama Prepare For Climate Showdown

January 6, 2015 10:30 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The Republicans vow to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development. The first order of business...

FCC To Vote Next Month On Net Neutrality Rules

January 5, 2015 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks. The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler...

FDA Drug Approvals Reached 18-Year High In 2014

January 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years. FDA drug approvals are considered a barometer of industry innovation and the federal...

Should The 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Include An Environmental Agenda?

January 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As 2015 hits, it is officially time for a new edition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Updated every five years, the guideline provides recommendations for better overall health, including information on food intake, exercise, and reducing the risk of...

Will 2015 See A Boost In The Federal Minimum Wage?

January 2, 2015 4:50 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although 2015 has just begun, it has already been a big year for advocates for a higher minimum wage. On Thursday, January 1, President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage in new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour went into effect, benefiting about 200,000...

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