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Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 3, 2015 | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

According to local media, a “move is afoot” among some New York residents to secede from the state and join Pennsylvania, where the controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas has bolstered the local economy.

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By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history. Here's how the numbers shake out.

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Illinois Plan Would Aid Exelon Nuclear Plants

February 27, 2015 1:33 pm | by JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer | Comments

Power-producing giant Exelon Corp. rounded out a phalanx of Illinois lawmakers and business leaders who said Thursday that three nuclear power plants could close unless consumers chip in to reward them for producing environmentally-friendly electricity.

Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look To Women To Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Attracting more women to the STEM fields could also help address the ongoing skills gap in manufacturing. Women represent more than 46 percent of the overall U.S. labor force, but they comprise just less than one quarter of workers in durable goods manufacturing, according to research by the Manufacturing Institute.

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Governors Looking to Expand Renewable Energy, Natural Gas

February 26, 2015 9:58 am | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press | Comments

The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are joining forces to look for ways to increase the region's reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity.

Oil Boom's End Threatens Pain For Much of Latin America

February 25, 2015 11:29 am | by JACOBO G. GARCIA, Associated Press | Comments

Soaring oil prices the past decade transformed this rural backwater into Colombia's richest city as nearby fields pumped black gold, drawing new businesses, international pop stars and vanity art projects such as the biblical-themed arch that towers over these sweltering grasslands.

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Antarctica: Mystery Continent Holds Key to Mankind's Future

February 24, 2015 3:29 pm | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press | Comments

The ice tells how levels of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas, have fluctuated over hundreds of thousands of years. This is also the place where a hole in the ozone layer, from man-made refrigerants and aerosols, periodically parks for a couple months and causes trouble. 

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Oil Slump Threatens Easy Life of Affluent Norwegians

February 24, 2015 3:01 pm | by MARK LEWIS, Associated Press | Comments

Already 10,000 workers have been laid off. It's the start of what economists are predicting will be a long recession in the energy industry.

Filthy India Air Cutting 660 Million Lives Short by 3 Years

February 23, 2015 2:04 pm | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | Comments

India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels to power its economic growth with little regard for the environment.

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Beer Byproduct Could Help Clean Municipal Water Supply

February 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

An unwanted byproduct of the beer brewing process appears set to help the city of Boulder, Colorado comply with water regulations and potentially save thousands of dollars.

Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 20, 2015 3:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The U.S. remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Effort Comes to Energy-Rich Colorado

February 20, 2015 3:33 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels has come deep into energy country as activists ask the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies.

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Company Whose Train Exploded Had Spent Millions on Lobbying, Campaign Contributions

February 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The railroad company whose train triggered a massive explosion Monday in West Virginia had spent millions lobbying against rail oversight legislation in Congress, according to a report.

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In Case You Need a Laugh...

February 19, 2015 4:31 pm | by The Onion | Comments

The Onion has nailed it with this headline: "Lucrative New Oil Extraction Method Involves Drilling Directly Into Gas Stations."

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The Race For “The Jesus Molecule” Continues

February 19, 2015 4:06 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Chem.Info | Comments

This final installment of a three-part plant profile of Virent, takes you inside their bio-based paraxylene operations to find out how they're helping green the chemicals scene.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year.

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