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  • Thanks for the Compliment

    If you haven’t checking out BizCentral.org – a daily blog generated by a dozen or so trade associations, including NEMA – you should. It’s picking up readers every day, and no wonder: As Mark Tapscott, the editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner , observed today , “[BizCentral.org] brings together...
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  • “From One Summit to Another”

    "Vladimir, I've taken you to Camp David, I've taken you to Crawford, I've even brought you home to meet my parents in Maine. In fact, you and I have seen each other eye to eye in locations all over the world, and yet you still speak of us being hostile to the new Russia. Truth be told...
  • National Electrical Safety Month resources are now available!

    Home electrical fires are a major problem in the United States. In many homes, dangerous electrical situations develop and continue to grow as the home ages. For this year’s National Electrical Safety Month, ESFI is partnering with organizations and companies across the United States to help you identify...
  • Kudos to the ICAO: Portable fuel cells to be allowed on planes!

    Did you ever wish that one day you could take an overseas flight and not have to even think about your laptop battery dying on you? Your wish is granted! Well, effective worldwide January 1, 2009 it's granted, thanks to a recent International Civil Aviation Organization ( ICAO ) ruling permitting...
  • Trade Winds and the Tapped-Out Consumer

    International trade was back in the news again this week, and we're not referring to the old furor over NAFTA or Congress' intransigence on the free trade pact with Colombia . Instead, data released on Thursday showed a larger-than-expected widening of the trade deficit during February. On a...
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  • Exports from Keystone to Everywhere

    On a day that one senior Bush Administration official has said is the darkest for U.S. international trade and economic engagement since passage of the Smoot-Hawley tariff -- because the House of Representatives under Speaker Pelosi's leadership has changed the rules on how the Colombia trade agreement...
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  • Hammerin' Hank

    Not a lot changed in the economic outlook this week, as the "r" word quickly becomes more and more part of the vernacular. Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke thinks it a possibility. On the employment front, payrolls contracted during the first quarter of this year, manufacturing and...
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  • Inventing a More Efficient Energy Future

    A "call out" to my kids' Fairfax County high school, McLean , and particularly to three innovative freshmen who won regional honors in the recent North American ExploraVision science contest. As reported in our local Connection newspaper, the honors biology students opted to address the...
  • This is Your Life on CFLs

    As the Marketing Manager, I do not have the extensive background on lighting and CFLs that some people here at NEMA possess. After hearing all talk about how CFLs will change the future for all of us and how much money people would be saving on their electric bills, I decided it was time to do a little...
  • Energy Efficiency: A Thing of Beauty

    I don't often take the time to pour through advertising supplements, but this week's WaPo "Environmental Leadership" insert caught my attention. There amongst the articles and ads was a full-page spread by Dominion Power , depicting a group of visitors at an art museum standing around...
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