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December 26, 2012
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  • Natural gas enables U.S. to recapture manufacturing advantage
    The availability of cheap natural gas allows U.S. manufacturers to "re-shore" overseas production at a cost advantage, and it could also ease the U.S. trade deficit, according to this analysis. "The boom in gas and unconventional oil extraction may generate a significant number of new jobs. It reduces one of the main cost factors for petrochemical products such as plastic, which could accelerate investment in a broad range of domestic industries," said East-West Center economist Dieter Ernst. The Washington Times (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Reports quantify Marcellus Shale's productivity
    The Marcellus Shale formation has become the most productive natural gas field in the U.S. despite a slowdown in drilling this year, multiple energy reports say. Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia had daily output of 7 billion cubic feet of gas this year, or about 25% of the country's shale gas production. The play could hold "almost half of the current proven natural gas reserves in the U.S.," a Standard & Poor's study says. SeattlePI.com/The Associated Press (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drillers begin to favor natural gas over diesel
    Drilling equipment powered by natural gas instead of diesel fuel is gaining favor among major providers of oilfield services. "We're trying to make the extraction of gas here commercially viable in a cheap gas environment," said Marc Edwards, a senior vice president at Halliburton. The Wall Street Journal (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Report: Chemicals in building products promote energy efficiency
    A report issued by the International Council of Chemical Associations concludes that energy-efficiency savings from building products that use chemicals in U.S. residential structures exceed the energy expended in production by 46-fold. "The ICCA projections reinforce what we have known for long time -- that the chemical industry is an indispensable provider of solutions that improve the energy efficiency of buildings," said American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley. "Nearly every energy-efficient technology is dependent on innovations made possible by chemistry." EarthTechling.com (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • Communication skills trump appearance, top leaders say
    A leader's ability to look the part matters less than his or her ability to communicate effectively, top executives say. Some 28% of senior bosses say that communication skills predict a worker's leadership potential, but only 5% say that looking "polished and put together" is "a key factor" for future leaders, David Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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