Archive for November 29th, 2012

Global crude steel production increased on both a month-to-month and year-over-year basis in October. However, output from U.S. steel manufacturers has declined slightly, while international markets may face an overcapacity problem in the near future. Read more


When President Barack Obama passed the American Investment and Recovery Act in 2009, it included a number of provisions for supporting and accelerating the growth of green energy technologies. Much of the cleantech policy incorporated into that bill was first proposed by the BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of union groups, small businesses, manufacturers, and social justice groups that work together to find common ground on environmental policies.

On Nov. 13, the BlueGreen Alliance unveiled what it calls the California Green MAP (Manufacturing Action Plan). The document proposes policy changes similar to those included in the Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act of 2009 proposed by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), which were ultimately included in the American Investment and Recovery Act.

The California Green MAP is the fourth such “action plan” created by the group. Read more

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