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January 8, 2013
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  • Autogas school buses are becoming more popular in Ariz.
    A growing number of school districts in Arizona are turning to propane autogas-fueled buses because of their economic and environmental benefits. "What we're seeing with propane is very new. It became commercialized early last year, so now we're seeing that trend move," said Bill Sheaffer, Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition executive director. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canadian marine biotech firm replaces oil with propane to fuel boilers
    Acadian Seaplants, a Canadian marine biotechnology firm, has decided to use propane instead of fuel oil in its operations in an attempt to reduce costs and curb environmental emissions. "We were burning heavy fuel oil before, and when we took a look at all the alternatives, it really made sense for us to convert to propane. ... It makes sense for us to look at how we can minimize our energy consumption while at the same time using the most efficient and economical sources of energy," said Jean-Paul Deveau, the company's president. The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction industry will grow modestly, economists say
    Several key markers of growth in the construction industry, including the 30,000 jobs added in December, could be attributed to an improving economy, but economists are cautious about calling it a rebound. Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, and several other economists said they expect modest growth for the industry in 2013. The Washington Post (1/4), CoStar Group (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • ExxonMobil to develop Canadian oil field for $14 billion
    ExxonMobil will set aside $14 billion for the development of Canada's Hebron oil field. The company expects production to start in 2017 and reach 150,000 barrels of oil a day. Exxon holds a 36% stake in the project, while Chevron, Suncor Energy, Statoil and Nalcor Energy and Gas own the rest of the shares. The Wall Street Journal (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Industry groups launch ads to counter fracking film
    Industry groups have embarked on ad campaigns to counter actor Matt Damon's "Promised Land," a feature film that highlights hydraulic fracturing and the concerns associated with the gas drilling technique. "Certainly, this is another attempt by opponents of responsible natural gas drilling to characterize our industry in a way that the facts don't bear out," said Steve Forde, vice president for policy and communication at the Marcellus Shale Coalition. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Propane Generator Webinar is Online
    December's Third Thursday webinar covering propane-fueled generators is now archived and available for viewing. The presentation is by Scott McCaskey and Ryan Schmitt of manufacturer Generac Power Systems. The 40-minute webinar is sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council. View the webinar and a presentation deck from Generac. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Farm Incentive Program Launched
    The Propane Education & Research Council has launched the Propane Farm Incentive Program, a nationwide research and demonstration initiative in which farmers can receive more than $4,000 toward the purchase of new propane-fueled irrigation engines. About 40% of U.S. farms use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings and dry and process crops. Visit the Propane Farm Incentive Program to learn more and see a list of eligible equipment. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How your children shape your leadership style
    Having children changes the leadership style of male CEOs, including the way they compensate employees, researchers say. Male employees are most likely to be compensated less than their female colleagues, who can expect average salary increases of up to 1.1% after their boss becomes a father. That might be because bosses gain respect for women after seeing their wives give birth, or because they hope to create a more level playing field for their daughters, the researchers say. The Wall Street Journal (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to lead a team of your peers
    It's hard enough leading your subordinates -- but leading a team of your peers is especially difficult, according to John Baldoni. Authenticity and passion are vital if you're to win over a peer group, Baldoni explains. "Leading those who can say 'no' to you is always a huge challenge, but if you can convince them by your actions and your enthusiasm, then they might believe in what you are doing," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final."
--Roger Babson,
American entrepreneur and business theorist

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