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  • Safety of Ohio Residents May Be Compromised

    The safety of some Ohio residents may be compormised if the Ohio Home Builders Association has its way. Read what Pete Baldauf, President, SW Division, Ohio IAEI has to say about this Ohio-IAEI-letter.pdf . To link to the Cleveland Plain Dealer article Pete refers to in his letter, click on http://blog...
  • An Environmentalist’s Dilemma

    A California couple was ordered by a judge to cut down two redwoods on their property. The trees blocked sunlight to a neighbor’s backyard solar panels in violation of California’s Solar Shade Control Act. The law requires homeowners to keep their trees or shrubs from shading more than 10 percent of...
  • The Asian Alternative to China

    We are all aware of the mad rush to manufacture in China, but so are the Chinese. The result has been a major migration of peasants eastward to the heart of China's manufacturing country to get in line for jobs. Recognizing that increased demand equals increased pay, the workers are demanding and...
  • 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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  • Will the Senate CPSC Bill Actually Improve Consumer Safety?

    After months of negotiations, the U.S. Senate this week will take up consensus legislation ( S. 2663 ) to reauthorize and reform the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). While S. 2663 is an improvement over the bill ( S. 2045 ) approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee...
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  • “Off-Center Stage”

    Flattering as it might be for NEMA – in its role as Chairman of the Zero Tariff Coalition -- to be invited to sit on a panel, there remains the reality of getting through the thing, and so it was with last week’s Global Business Dialogue event on India, free trade and World Trade Organization negotiations...
  • Big Talkers

    It was a busy week for Fedspeak. Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke presented the FOMC’s forecast in his semiannual testimony to the House Financial Services Committee regarding the economy’s health and overview of monetary policy. He emphasized the downside risks to growth and made it implicitly clear...
  • The US is Too Slow to adopt International Standards

    T he reality is that there are well over 100, perhaps hundreds, of IEC standards are in use, or under evaluation for use, in the US. (See ANSI Standards Search or UL standards catalog . ) Why has taken many years and work is still needed for the use of IEC standards to achieve even the current level...
  • 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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  • Florida Power Outage

    Yesterday’s blackout in Florida provides another reminder that our economy is dependent on its electricity supply. While described as a “ massive inconvenience ” rather than an emergency situation, the outages did shut businesses and snarl traffic. The NERC disturbance report should be quite interesting...
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