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  • REACH-ing” for higher and higher costs

    A study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health recently concluded that the REACH regulation in the European Union will require $13.6 billion to implement over the next 10 years— six times more than previously anticipated [T Hartung and Constanza Rovida, Nature , 2009, 460 , 27;...
  • "Steely" Resolve on EFCA

    This week the AFL-CIO is holding its 2009 convention in Pittsburgh, and two issues grabbing most of the attention are overhaul of the nation's health care system and the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560). And the big guns are out in full force. On Monday, U.S. Secretary...
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  • Labor Day Lament

    While we're getting more and more signs that an honest-to-goodness economic recovery might be in the offing, one particularly stubborn segment of the economy continues to cast a lingering shadow: the labor market. Today's employment report did show yet another moderation in the pace of job losses...
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  • Pulling out the Bully Pulpit

    Tonight President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress to outline and clarify his plans for health care reform and to exhort Congress to work cooperatively to enact legislation to expand affordable health care to uninsured Americans. After several tumultuous town hall meetings during...
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  • Labor Day 2009: Fate of EFCA

    As our nation prepares to bid farewell to summer and celebrate Labor Day , now is the perfect time to take stock of where we are with respect to the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" ( HR 1409 / S560 ), also known as EFCA or simply "card check." Americans don't want "card...
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  • What Should Make a "Green" Building?

    Stop me if you've heard me say this before: Buildings are the single largest user of electricity in the nation. According to the US Green Buildings Council , buildings account for 72% of electricity use in the United States. So if you're going to try to conserve energy in our society, buildings...
  • Where in the World is Smart Metering?

    Headlines involving smart metering seem to have been multiplying in the last few months, including projects that involve NEMA members (recent press releases here , here , and here ). To see an interesting visual representation of metering initiatives on a global scale, check out this Google map: http...
  • Climbing out of the Hole

    The recovery watch continues and based on anecdotal reports out of the Fed's Beige Book , economic activity is stabilizing, and even showing signs of improving, around the nation. Indeed, the key question is quickly becoming how strong and steady the gains will be as we emerge from the deep hole...
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  • Give and Take: The Rubber Meets the Road

    The rhetoric was flying in Beijing on Saturday morning - over tires and trade. The Commerce Ministry certainly played to the media in citing President Obama's decision to impose hefty new tariffs on car and light truck tires from China as "grave act of trade protectionism", a violation...
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