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  • Daytime Lamps Not Required

    In this morning's Federal Register you may not have noticed an item having to do with automobile safety. After eight years, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a denial of a petition by General Motors to require all cars in the U.S. under 5 tons to have daytime running lamps. DOT, through...
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  • Happy 100th!

    Wednesday marked the release of the 100th edition of NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index report. The EBCI tracks the evolution of business conditions facing the electroindustry in North America and three other world regions, as seen through the eyes of senior executives of NEMA member...
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  • Batteries as a future energy source?

    I was recently at a meeting hosted by at the Capital Visitors Center titled "Building a Bigger Battery." The panel presented ideas that get little attention and few people hear about. They discussed the use of batteries being energized through renewable energies to be of prominent use in the...
  • Yes, It's Still Out There...

    To say that Washington is a busy place this summer is an understatement. Congress is still negotiating a deal to bring energy and climate change legislation to the floor. Numerous Senate and House committees are combing their way through hundreds of pages of legislation to overhaul the nation's health...
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  • The Tough Times Continue

    We can now clearly say that this is the manufacturing sector's deepest downturn since the dark days of the Great Depression (see the charts below for evidence). While the blood-letting will probably continue for some time, a few regional Fed surveys ( here , for example) and NEMA's very own Electroindustry...
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  • The High Cost of Fixing our High-Cost Health Care

    This week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee begins its consideration of the "Affordable Health Choices Act," draft legislation sponsored by Senate HELP Committee Chair Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT). This legislation, which requires...
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  • Happy High Performance Building Week!

    It's High Performance Building Week! I hope you've chosen to commemorate the event appropriately. Or perhaps you've been too caught up in other important affairs -- high school graduations, summer vacations, walking the dog -- to have gotten wind of this momentous occasion. For the record...
  • House Committee Seeks Ways to Modernize, Expand Grid

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on Friday to discuss the future of the transmission grid. As noted in this blog before , obtaining federal permits can sometimes be as time-consuming as coordinating between states. Rich Halvey from the Western Governors Association noted that the...
  • "Wireless Waves Harmless" - 1909 Marconi Statement

    As noted in the article titled the same as this post, noted scientists, inventors and engineers have come to the same conclusion - that Electromagnetic Fields are safe. Given the ability of microwave emissions from high power radar to fry something in its path, that is not always absolutely true but...
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  • No Help Wanted

    A new research note by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco explores the likelihood of yet another jobless recovery. The authors note that the relatively low level of temp worker layoffs and high share of involuntary part-time workers (often referred to as underemployment) at this...
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