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December 21, 2012
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  • ACC disagrees with court ruling on greenhouse gas regulations
    A U.S. federal court denied a request by industry groups to rehear landmark cases that deal with the Environmental Protection Agency's mandate to impose greenhouse gas regulations though the Clean Air Act. "While it is unfortunate that the court denied our petition for rehearing en banc, we are encouraged that two of the court's judges concluded that our legal arguments have merit," according to the American Chemistry Council. "ACC continues to believe that the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting program is not the appropriate way to address greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities. For that reason, we will carefully consider seeking Supreme Court review." EENews.net (free content) (12/20), Chemical Week (subscription required) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lower 48 states are benefiting from shale production, report finds
    Lower 48 unconventional oil and natural gas production this year will contribute $63 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues, according to a report from IHS. The 16 states that are producing will also generate nearly 1.3 million jobs, the study determined. "The unconventional oil and gas revolution is having a bigger impact across the country, including in non-producing states, than is generally recognized," said Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS. Oil & Gas Journal (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DuPont should look to exit volatile TiO2 market, analysts say
    DuPont is being urged to consider unloading its profitable but volatile titanium dioxide business as it focuses on the food and agricultural sectors. The company earlier divested its performance coatings unit and might need to do the same for its TiO2 unit as prices for the chemical continue to plunge, analysts say. "Investors love the business on the way up. But investors don't like the turns. Turns are hard to predict in the TiO2 market," said DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman. Reuters (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • China is ready for innovation in green technologies
    The Chinese market is ripe for clean technologies and other environmentally friendly materials innovations as the country moves from an export-driven economy to a consumption-led one, said Bruno Rudnik of German consultancy SusTech Consult. "Right now, we're seeing a paradigm shift in China. A development away from pure economic growth to high-quality, inclusive growth," Rudnik said. "China is the largest plastics processing country worldwide, and the biggest global CO2 emitter, with per capita levels close to those in Europe," he added. PlasticsToday.com/Green Matter blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chrysler uses SABIC alloys, resins for interior design of Dodge Dart model
    SABIC's Innovative Plastics unit has been key in developing advanced materials for the interior of Chrysler Group's 2013 Dodge Dart model. SABIC Cycoloy alloy and molded GEloy resins provided ambient lighting components for the car, resulting in a floating island bezel effect for the dashboard. The design became the model's defining feature and key selling point for its target market of young and style-conscious consumers. PlasticsToday.com (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Good leaders are great communicators
    Would-be leaders should prioritize developing their communication skills, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. That means mastering public speaking, corporate communications and interpersonal communication skills. "You may be hired for what you know, but you'll be promoted for your ability to influence people," Rosswurm writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why smart CEOs sabotage themselves
    Many bosses reach the top of their profession by sacrificing and playing by the rules during their 20s and 30s, only to find themselves veering off course as they grow older, writes Brian Gast. That can lead to poor strategic decision-making, unprofessionalism and moral lapses, or even problem behaviors such as gambling and infidelity. To avoid self-sabotage, it's important to be honest about your unmet needs, and to find less destructive ways to channel your energies. ThoughtLeaders blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Red, white and shale: A tectonic shift in energy brings U.S. benefits
    The National Intelligence Council thinks big. Its quadrennial reports typically address the mega-issues -- global power shifts, the "rise of the rest," a more global NATO -- that could define the future.

    In its most recent report, "Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds," the NIC gave a nod to the transformative power of shale gas, calling it a "tectonic shift" likely to provide huge energy security benefits to the United States.

    Read more from ACC on U.S benefits from shale gas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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