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January 21, 2013
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  • U.S. Gulf Coast becomes a hotbed of methane investment
    Companies are investing in methane in Louisiana and Texas to take advantage of cheap feedstock, according to this analysis. LyondellBasell plans to restart a facility in Texas this year, while Celanese and Methanex are planning facilities in Texas and Louisiana, respectively. Companies are also looking at ammonia plants along the Gulf Coast and in the Midwest. ICIS News (U.K.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BLM pulls proposed fracking regulations
    The Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn proposed rules covering hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. A new draft is expected before April after "making improvements ... in order to maximize flexibility, facilitate coordination with state practices and ensure that operators on public lands implement best practices," said Blake Androff, a spokesman for the Department of the Interior. "[T]he real test will be in the substance of the re-proposal," said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturers share concerns about EPA policies
    Manufacturers are concerned this year with the Environmental Protection Agency's approach to numerous regulatory issues, according to this analysis, including EPA's stances on energy-efficiency requirements for buildings and the Toxic Substances Control Act. "I don't see industry stopping EPA efforts through legal proceedings, and I don't see legal proceedings stopping the EPA from pursuing its agenda," said Rae Ann Johnson of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. IndustryWeek (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Scientists develop a virtually stain-, liquid-proof material
    Researchers have developed a "superomniphobic" surface coating that can repel water, blood and even hydrochloric acid, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The coating, which combines silicone with an organic-inorganic polymer, could be used commercially and for military purposes. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers see biofuel potential in artificial photosynthesis
    British researchers at the University of East Anglia and their colleagues are developing technology to mimic photosynthesis in a bid to produce hydrogen for biofuel and other applications. "We imagine that our photocatalysts will prove versatile and that with slight modification they will be able to harness solar energy for the manufacture of carbon-based fuels, drugs and fine chemicals," said Julea Butt, the lead researcher. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Lessons from Lance Armstrong about trust in the workplace
    Lance Armstrong admits in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to using performance-enhancing drugs, and his belated confession holds lessons for leaders, writes Bob Selden. Top of the list: Come to terms with the limits of your ability to spot when people are being dishonest. Selden also advises starting with e-mail for important communications, then bolstering them with face-to-face interaction. Management-Issues (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How quiet focus can make you a better leader
    Taking time to slow down at work can help you become calm, focused and notice when others need the same help, Mary Jo Asmus writes. She suggests building time into your day to set intentions, pausing before reacting and talking with co-workers, not at them. "Look them in the eye and listen deeper than you ever have," she suggests. "You might find that you really don't need to say much at all." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The economic reports this week were mostly positive and point to an acceleration at the end of the year. The price reports continue to indicate that broad inflation trends remain muted. Retail sales grew more than expected as retailers had a good holiday shopping season. Business inventories continued to expand in line with sales growth. Housing starts finished out the year by surging ahead to pre-crisis highs -- another sign that the recovery in housing is well under way. Stay informed. Subscribe to ACC's Weekly Economic Report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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