Archive for August, 2012
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Following the Obama administration’s announcement of a public-private partnership for manufacturing innovation, the Association for Manufacturing Technology has issued an update to its Manufacturing Mandate, stressing the importance of a national manufacturing strategy. Read more


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“U.S. carbon emissions in surprise reduction,” read one headline. “Historic Drop In U.S. Carbon Emissions,” said another. “U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions in early 2012 lowest since 1992,” blared a third.

How did this happen? None of President Barack Obama’s proposals to cut emissions made it through Congress. The United States didn’t ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Now the U.S. is reducing carbon emissions so fast that it seems to have hit broadside. What in the name of Al Gore is going on?

Three words: natural gas fracking. Actually, also these three words: free market forces. Read more

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Economic activity expanded at a moderate pace in most U.S. regions in July and early August, with stronger auto sales and improvements in retail spending and the housing sector helping offset weaker manufacturing performance. Read more


While the sustainable technology sector continues to grow, colleges nationwide are launching programs for students in pursuit of training, degrees and work experience in a number of clean-tech industries. Savannah Technical College, in Savannah, Ga., is among the latest schools that will be offering sustainable technology programs with hands-on learning starting this fall. STC’s programs, which will cover green building construction, sustainable energy production, energy efficiency and energy management, are said to be the first of their kind in the state of Georgia. Read more

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Manufacturing, of course, is at the center of political debates in this election year, with many a politician lamenting the loss of jobs in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, which have long made up the Manufacturing Belt.

Publicizing the economic importance of U.S. manufacturing, whose revival has been credited for driving the U.S. post-recession economy, the Obama administration announced in mid-August a brand-new public-private consortium called the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), located in Youngstown, Ohio. NAMII is one of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes being devised by the Obama administration to help manufacturers be more globally competitive and spur investment in the United States.    Read more

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