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November 13, 2012
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  • Kubota unveils new propane-powered mower
    Kubota Tractor has unveiled its new ZP330 commercial mower, which is powered by a three-cylinder, liquid-cooled propane engine. The mower has lower emissions than its gasoline and diesel counterparts without compromising performance, the company said. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More shippers turn to rail for crude oil shipments
    Crude-by-rail shipping is gaining popularity among oil producers. Southern Pacific Resource plans to open a rail facility in Alberta, Canada, so it can ship to Natchez, Miss. Canadian National and Canadian Pacific's oil shipments have steadily increased as rail transport becomes "another safe and viable alternative for transporting bitumen," said Southern Pacific CEO Byron Lutes. The Edmonton Journal (Alberta)/Bloomberg/Reuters (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. could soon top Saudi Arabia in oil production
    The U.S. could become the largest oil producer in the world due to the shale oil and natural gas drilling boom, writes Keith Mauck, publisher of According to IHS CERA, nearly 1.8 million jobs in the U.S. are supported by the shale drilling boom, and it is expected to generate 1.3 million jobs more by 2020. However, unsupported claims about the negative effects of hydraulic fracturing, along with duplicative drilling regulations, could jeopardize the country's push for energy security, Mauck writes. The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Energy Update Covers Propane Building Ideas
    Articles in the new Propane Energy Update include a how-to on a central propane tank system for a community, using a tankless water heater to also heat air, and outdoor living features that use propane to add a wow factor to a residence. Visit the new Propane Energy Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Irrigation Engines Topic of Webinar
    Experts have said that one irrigation engine can consume more than 8,000 gallons of propane annually. November's Third Thursday webinar will cover these engines and feature Mark Leitman, director of business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. The webinar will run Nov. 15, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Mark will also discuss PERC's Propane FEED incentive that offers up to $3,000 for the purchase of a qualified propane-fueled irrigation engine. Register for the webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Happy workers are an HR pro's best friend
    When it's time to fill a vacancy, worker referrals are a great resource -- but only if your employees are willing to recommend your company to their friends. That means companies with happy workers will tend to have more luck when it comes to hiring, says John Touey. "Engaged employees don?t need much prompting to be evangelists for their companies," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cannibalism and creativity don't mix
    Technological breakthroughs sometimes lead to "innovation cannibalism," making it harder for people to sustain creative models, argues jazz drummer and market analyst Mark Lambert. An example: The long-form, repeatable experience of records led music fans to listen carefully to whole albums, allowing innovative artists to gain a following, but modern digital downloads reward artists who serve up predicable hit singles to listeners with much shorter attention spans. "Eventually, it no longer becomes financially viable to release genuinely new music," Lambert says. (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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