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  • Will China Be the Home of the Next Great Innovation Revolution?

    Tom “The World is Flat” Friedman, noted NYTimes columnist, has launched a shot across America's bow. His recent column, “ The New Sputnik ,” outlines a future in which China goes green – and cleans our clock on innovation. If that happens, and the next innovation revolution...
  • Still in the Early Innings

    After enduring the deepest economic downturn of the postwar era, manufacturers are finally beginning to see some signs of recovery. For the second month in a row, industrial production and capacity utilization have posted decent-sized gains. A temporary rebound in the auto industry, thanks in part to...
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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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  • What's Next?

    An op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal written by Kevin Warsh, a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, is a must-read. Without striking a self-congratulatory tone about their apparent successes thus far in averting catastrophe, the article provides insights into the ramifications of...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...
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