Industry Market Trends

Obamacare's Full Impact on Small Businesses Remains Unclear

November 13, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) fails to address the insurance concerns of small business owners, most of whom are paying higher premiums this year than in 2012, a business advocacy association maintains. But what's unclear is just how much those price increases are due to the ACA.  Read More

Industry Market Trends

Solar-Generated Steam Can Help California Oil Companies Reduce Carbon Emissions

November 13, 2013

With more than 50,000 active oil wells and 18 refineries, California is an enormous producer of oil. As such, it generates an enormous amount of carbon emissions; the production and use of petroleum-based fuels are responsible for about half of the state's carbon emissions. To reduce its carbon footprint, California has enacted many environmental laws and regulations in recent years, including AB32 and other cap-and-trade measures. Consequently, oil companies in the Golden State are looking for ways to decrease their emissions.  Read More