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“Insourcing” is Reviving US Manufacturing

“Insourcing” is Reviving US Manufacturing

That’s the claim that Charles Fishman is making in the most recent Atlantic.  He lists a number of contributing factors: Oil prices are three times what they were in 2000, making cargo-ship fuel much more expensive now than it was then. The natural-gas boom in the U.S. has dramatically lowered the cost for running something […]

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US Attempts at Car Battery Industry Get a “Scarlet F”

US Attempts at Car Battery Industry Get a “Scarlet F”

According to a piece in last week’s Wall Street Journal, the US government’s attempts to “jump start” innovation in the car battery business (not much of a pun intended), has produced little success: What happened? The U.S. provided grants that tied the battery makers to aggressive timetables, requiring each to achieve production and staffing targets […]

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German Solar Cell Maker Bites the Dust

German Solar Cell Maker Bites the Dust

Deutsche Welle reports that cell maker Q Cells is filing for bankruptcy. Boosted by state funding, Chinese solar firms have recently gained a financial edge over German manufacturers, allowing them to offer solar panels up to a third cheaper. “The fall in prices in recent months has exceeded our expectations,” Frank Asbeck, head of Solarworld […]

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How the Energy Market will Change in the 21st Century

How the Energy Market will Change in the 21st Century

The McKinsey Quarterly has an interview with energy expert Daniel Yergin that covers major trends in energy supply and demand in the 21st Century, the “world of $100/barrel oil.”  Some of his major points: Fracking may be here to stay for a generation or more The rivalry between the US & China for energy resources […]

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Suddenly it’s 1978 All Over Again

Suddenly it’s 1978 All Over Again

It must be time to break out the mood rings and platform shoes.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the nascent recovery could be threatened by a spike in oil prices. Prices at the pump have risen sharply in recent weeks. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has jumped 13.5 cents to […]

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Want to Go Green?   Get Old. . .

Want to Go Green? Get Old. . .

. . . Buildings, that is.  According to a recent study released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, older buildings may make the best green investment: The Greenest Building explores the environmental impacts associated with the decision to demolish and replace existing buildings – and especially the carbon dioxide savings that might be offered […]

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