Archive for December 13th, 2013
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This episode of Tech4PD is a highlight reel of some memorable debates between analysts Jim Brown and Chad Jackson. The collection shows them pitted against each other on topics including granularity versus integration in product life-cycle management, choosing PLM or enterprise resource planning, simulation-driven design, and granular CAD.  Read more


12/13

Trail Through Corn Field“The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.”

Those were the strong words of Dina Cappiello and Matt Apuzzo of the Associated Press.

Cappiello and Apuzzo took a long, hard look at the ethanol industry under the Obama administration and found that farmers, in a rush to plant corn for fuel, “wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat, and polluted water supplies.” That 5 million acres, as Cappiello and Apuzzo reported, were more than the Yellowstone, Everglades, and Yosemite parks combined.

Their investigation found that the federal government’s biofuel mandate, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), “has raised corn prices and incentivized farmers to grow corn on environmentally fragile land once set aside for conservation.”

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