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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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  • 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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  • Greetings from San Diego

    From Customs import security regulations and operations at the Mexican border to freight bill payment best practices, from the future of surface transportation infrastructure to service options at the Port of San Diego , and quite a bit in between -- we are busy here in San Diego at the Joint Section...
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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sound, Fury, and Buy American

    As you may have seen in the media over the past 24 hours, the Buy American Act is receiving some attention as Congress scrutinizes the Air Force 's decision to award a mega-contract for air tankers to a consortium lead by a European company. In testimony yesterday, the Air Force’s acquisition chief...
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  • Our "Winner Take All" Electoral System

    Another big day in the presidential primary process, with candidates facing off in Ohio and Texas. Much has been made over the past few months about the different delegate rules in each party, with the Democrats using proportional representation and the Republicans using a winner-take-all rule. In his...
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  • Thanks to WFB, Jr.

    A brief respite from our daily efforts on behalf of electrical manufacturers to pay tribute to William F. Buckley, Jr., who died yesterday at age 82. Wonderful tributes litter the World Wide Web, from the White House and the New York Times to the Economist and his own National Review . (The WSJ blog...
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  • What’s Next, the Return of Disco Music?

    “They” always say bad news comes in droves. Well this week was certainly a case in point for economic data as weak reports came in for a variety of indicators ranging from housing to regional manufacturing activity . In addition, the Fed Open Market Committee (FOMC) released the minutes to their most...
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  • A Glimpse Abroad

    Have you noticed what's been going on in South Africa (SA)? Just a brief reminder that developing countries are also grappling with energy demand and efficiency issues. In a nutshell, the richest nation in Africa is experiencing an electric power crisis similar to what we saw in California at the...
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