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  • Copper theft on the raise.

    A falling economy and a surge in the price of metals have fueled a wave of copper thefts. Farmers are loosing wiring to irrigation pumps , churches have been stripped of their roofs and downspouts, and building sites have ransacked for spools of wire. The foolhardy even target transformer substations...
  • Managing Effective IPR Law Enforcement

    Three years ago, the Bush Administration introduced a new intellectual property rights initiative called Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP) and named a Coordinator for the program reporting the Secretary of Commerce. Both the private and public sector generally agree that the STOP program has...
  • Half-Empty or Half-Full?

    Following a week chocked full of stories about soaring food prices , $120 oil , sliding housing prices and a blowback against ethanol , we need to step back, take a deep breath and canvas the economic landscape for any signs of improvement. The economy is certainly not at peak performance right now....
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  • So, What About NAFTA?

    Amidst all the campaign posturing, this will neither be a definitive answer nor a NEMA position, but just some points and ponders: Since the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect in 1994, Mexico has surged to become the U.S. electrical equipment industry’s #1 export market and trading...
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  • The Greens have another arrow in their quiver

    As reported in the Washington Times , The Bush administration yesterday (May 14) declared global warming a threat to polar bears but took steps to ensure that the long-awaited decision would not threaten businesses and oil drilling that environmentalists blame for the species' decline. Interior Secretary...
  • Putting Substance Over Form in the Green Movement

    "Depending on people to make a hard choice every day -- don't turn on the lights so much -- is a less-promising solution than getting people to make a hard choice once, [for example, paying more for a high-efficiency bulb] and thereafter having the 'save energy' decision be automatic...
  • Alphabet Soup

    NEMA, SBIC, NIBS, HPBC, DOE, DOD, GSA. The first and the last three are easily recognized in this forest of acronyms, but what about the other three, and what do they mean to NEMA members? SBIC is the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council . Its trademarked “Beyond Green” encompasses factors in buildings...
  • A Modest Proposal

    This weekend marks the start of the summer driving season (although one could be forgiven for not noticing, given recent weather conditions). Crude oil prices spiked to more than $135 per barrel on Wednesday and regular grade gasoline is touching $4 per gallon in many parts of the country. One commodity...
  • Did You Know?...

    Did you know that May, in addition to being Electrical Safety Month , is World Trade Month ? And today is actually the final day of World Trade Week ? This morning, in honor of the occasion, President Bush reminded us of some very clear concepts, including that many U.S. jobs and pay levels rely on U...
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  • Hurricane Season!

    Hurricane season in the Atlantic starts this coming Sunday -- a span of year that often proves as busy for electric utilities (and electrical equipment) as it does for weathermen. Government forecasters are predicting a more active-than-usual hurricane season, with as many as 9 hurricanes, half of which...
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