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February 15, 2013
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  • Senate bill would tax industrial greenhouse-gas emissions
    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have proposed a bill that would tax carbon dioxide emissions of major industrial facilities, including natural gas processing plants. Their plan would levy a $20 tax for every ton of carbon dioxide emitted beyond a set limit. Reuters (2/14), (free content) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Policy Watch 
  • House bill adds to federal push on cybersecurity
    President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity moves the conversation forward but will require congressional action to be fully effective, writes Tony Romm. A House bill has been introduced by Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., that is similar to one opposed by the administration last year. Separately, the Department of Defense announced it is preparing cybersecurity requirements for private contractors. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/14), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/14), NextGov (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sen. Lautenberg won't run for re-election in 2014
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., announced Thursday that he will retire from the Senate after 2014, when he would be up for re-election. Lautenberg said his focus for the remainder of his term would include chemical legislation. USA Today (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House panel to hold hearing on fracking policy
    A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will hold a hearing to tackle state-level regulation of hydraulic fracturing and the prospect of new federal policies for the drilling technique. According to the oil and natural gas industry and Republicans, proposed federal policies are duplicative as fracking is adequately regulated by states. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Study: U.S. leads in nanotech patent applications, grants
    U.S.-based scientists are the leading group in applying for nanotechnology-based patents, making up 54% of such applications and grants worldwide in 2012, according to a study released by McDermott Will & Emery. The other leading countries include South Korea, Japan, Germany and China, with South Korea coming in second to the U.S. at 7.8%. Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • Leaders make or break innovation
    There's no such thing as fire-and-forget innovation, writes Scott Anthony. Leaders can't just get innovation projects up and running -- they need to remain involved and champion the work being done. "Innovation is enough of an unnatural act in most companies ... that it requires the day-by-day attention of the company's top leadership team or it simply won't stick," Anthony warns. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Monthly resin market data for 2013 now available from ACC
    ACC's resin reports are recognized as a leading data source on the plastics resins industry. Based on detailed surveys of major North American producers, ACC publishes authoritative industry reports on production and end use sales for major plastic resins. Go online for complete details including sample reports, 2013 subscription pricing and how to order. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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