Energy

Embracing the Arctic Challenge

What’s happening in the Arctic is big. President Obama’s trip to Alaska underscores that the Arctic will play a huge role in shaping our future. And manufacturers are watching.

While the Arctic holds the promise of abundant and strategic resources, it also has one of the harshest and most complex environments on the planet. The Arctic is still very much a captivating, yet daunting frontier. (continue reading…)

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Pipelines Jump-start Growth

Infrastructure projects play an important role in getting our economy on track. Pipelines create jobs across the construction and manufacturing supply chain, enhance our nation’s energy security and create significant economic value. (continue reading…)

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If National Parks Can’t Comply with New Ozone Rules, How Can Your Community?

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers launched a TV advertising campaign highlighting the costly and unworkable ozone mandates coming out of Washington, D.C.

Not even the nation’s pristine wilderness areas can comply, according to a TV spot hitting the airwaves today in the nation’s capital. Ask yourself: If iconic national parks like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion are found in violation of federal ozone standards, what does that mean for cities and towns where people actually live and work?

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Senate Energy Package Advances LNG Exports, Energy Efficiency and Other Manufacturing Priorities

In a town where cooperation is often hard to come by, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has long been a place for where bipartisanship has thrived. Regardless of the party holding the gavel, members were always willing to put politics aside and work together to tackle the challenges and embrace the opportunities provided by our complex, ever-changing energy policy.

This week is no different. Today, the committee will hold a markup of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, a bipartisan measure introduced by Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The 357-page bill addresses a wide range of issues designed to promote an “all of the above” approach to energy. (continue reading…)

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U.S. Trade Deficit Edged Slightly Higher in May, Oil Imports at Lowest in 13 Years

The Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Census Bureau said that the U.S. trade deficit edged slightly higher, up from $40.70 billion in April to $41.87 billion in May. The deficit has been highly volatile so far this year, ranging from $37.25 billion in February to $50.57 billion in March, but the year-to-date average of $42.57 billion in 2015 is nearly identical to the $42.36 billion average observed in all of 2014. The May increase stemmed largely from a decline in goods exports (down from $129.34 billion to $127.72 billion) that more than offset the decrease in goods imports (down from $189.65 billion to $189.23 billion). At the same time, the service sector trade surplus inched up marginally from $19.62 billion to $19.64 billion. (continue reading…)

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Mayors Seek Balance from Federal Regulations

What happens when your city or town cannot comply with federal environmental regulations? How does it limit job growth? What about economic development?

This past weekend, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) hosted a panel at the U.S. Conference of Mayors about balancing economic development and the growing federal environmental regulations. This panel explored the impact of federal regulations such as the proposed ozone regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (continue reading…)

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House Approved TSCA Modernization Act

The House of Representatives took a bold step today, approving H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, by a vote of 398-1.

Our current laws don’t reflect modern realities.  When Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was written we were still listening to 8-track tapes and the internet hadn’t been invented.  It’s been nearly four decades, and it’s time for an update. (continue reading…)

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Recognized Sustainability Leader Ecolab Releases Annual Report

This week Ecolab released its 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report highlighting the company’s commitment to making the world cleaner, safer and healthier while protecting people and vital resources. A world renowned company in promoting sustainability, in 2014 alone, Ecolab was named to the FTSE4Good Index, The Civic 50, CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Newsweek’s Green Rankings and Ethisphere Institute’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. (continue reading…)

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Government Scientists Warn of Peril for Manufacturers with New Ozone Rules

In a commentary published in the journal Science today, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists found that reliable data on ozone levels, especially in the Intermountain West, is elusive because of background levels of ground-level ozone.  Accordingly, compliance with existing standards is complicated and bound to get more complicated – if not impossible. (continue reading…)

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Manufacturers Talk TSCA During Fly-In

This week over 400 manufacturers from around the country representing small, medium and large manufacturers came to Capitol Hill urging action on key policy issues such as chemical reform and environmental regulations. And with chemical reform, manufacturers’ voices are being heard.  (continue reading…)

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