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November 13, 2012
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  • ACC lauds IEA report, reiterates importance of comprehensive domestic energy strategy to energy security and global competitiveness  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Policy Watch 
  • LyondellBasell chief urges Obama to re-evaluate U.S. tax code
    A tax code that helps manufacturers succeed should be a focus for President Barack Obama during his second term, writes Loren Steffy. "U.S. tax policy needs to be overhauled to reduce complexity, and any changes to the tax code must promote competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers," said LyondellBasell CEO Jim Gallogly. "Lower corporate tax rates are critical to allowing U.S. manufacturers to compete effectively in global markets." (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sen. Vitter prepares to become GOP lead on environmental committee
    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is expected to focus on chemical regulation, flood control, and oil and natural gas exploration as he becomes the ranking minority member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He has criticized a bill intended to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. "I don't think the bill that [Sen.] Frank Lautenberg [D-N.J.] put out is something that can ever pass the Senate," Vitter said. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shale drilling boosts demand for chemical, energy workers
    The shale oil and natural gas drilling boom and impending worker retirements have increased the demand for skilled workers in energy and chemicals, observers say. The need for employees extends beyond science and math professions. "We hire engineers, chemists, lawyers. But we also hire a tremendous amount of folks willing to work with their hands for a good salary. Welders are commanding over $40 an hour, and our industry can't find enough of them," says Hector Rivero, president of the Texas Chemical Council. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Dow Chemical discovers how to teach scientists to love social media
    Dow Chemical's researchers live in a "black and white" world of facts and numbers, so to get them involved with the company's social media outreach, digital chief Abby Klanecky needed to show hard evidence that their efforts would be rewarded. Klanecky built social maps to show scientists the potential connections they were missing out on, and gave them clear ground rules and standards of behavior for online conversations. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • Cannibalism and creativity don't mix
    Technological breakthroughs sometimes lead to "innovation cannibalism," making it harder for people to sustain creative models, argues jazz drummer and market analyst Mark Lambert. An example: The long-form, repeatable experience of records led music fans to listen carefully to whole albums, allowing innovative artists to gain a following, but modern digital downloads reward artists who serve up predicable hit singles to listeners with much shorter attention spans. "Eventually, it no longer becomes financially viable to release genuinely new music," Lambert says. (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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