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December 11, 2012
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  • Ferrellgas' Q1 net loss declines
    Ferrellgas Partners' net loss during the first fiscal quarter dropped to $17.8 million from $32.9 million during the same period last year, the company announced. President and CEO Steve Wambold said the narrowing loss was the result of the company's goal to boost "operational efficiencies in our business through more optimal routing and scheduling of our propane deliveries." The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • The greenhouse-gas benefits of shale
    The U.S. shale gas boom is helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to a level not seen in 20 years, writes Julie Carey, an energy expert with Navigant Economics. "It is interesting to note that the progress already made can be attributed significantly to natural market solution as the shale gas revolution facilitates the displacement of coal by natural gas-fired power generation without specific government intervention or subsidization," Carey writes. Forbes (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Carbon monoxide dangers rise as winter approaches
    Incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning become more rampant as the weather grows colder, which is why officials at the Abilene Fire Department in Texas are reminding residents to stay safe. "If you have a home that has anything that's gas in it, whether it's your water heater, fireplace, furnace, you need to have a carbon monoxide detector," one official said. KTXS-TV (Abilene, Texas) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Bobtail Drivers Must Be Prepared for Roadside Stops
    The Department of Transportation requires propane delivery drivers to inspect their vehicles and document all maintenance before driving on public highways. Bobtail drivers who are stopped by the police and don't have the proper paperwork could be fined as much as $2,500. The Propane Education & Research Council's E-Learning Propane Delivery Operations & Cylinder Delivery program includes training on roadside stops. View a re-creation of a stop of a bobtail driver by a police officer or read a PDF version. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Autogas Safety Program Now Available
    A new two-part safety program on propane autogas is available. The free program from the Propane Education & Research Council includes a 12-page booklet and a PowerPoint presentation that can be shown to emergency responders, fleet managers, school leaders and community groups. Download the PDF booklet "Propane Autogas: A Safe, Economical, and Environmentally Friendly Option for Fleet Vehicles." Download the "Propane Autogas: Resources" PowerPoint presentation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How to lead like a Zen master
    When someone presents you with an idea, you should take a deep breath and wait 24 seconds before letting yourself criticize it, Cue Ball CEO Tony Tjan says. If you can manage 24 seconds, then try 24 minutes. "Then if you become a Zen master of optimism, you could wait a day and spend that time thinking about why something actually might work," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How lobbyists are killing American innovation
    American businesses are increasingly using their lobbying muscle as a substitute for innovation, giving cash and urging legislation aimed at stifling rival companies and technologies, writes James Allworth. "Given how hard it can be to survive a disruptive challenge, and how effective lobbying has proven in stopping it, it's no wonder that incumbent firms take this route so often," Allworth writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Put a grain of boldness into everything you do."
--Baltasar Gracián,
Spanish writer


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