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Understanding and Coping with Procrastination

Understanding procrastination's root cause can help employees better manage it in the workplace. Consider these procrastination-busting tips to improve your productivity. Experts agree that procrastination is a complex psychological behavior that affects everyone to some degree. Perhaps surprisingly, though, procrastination has very little to do with time management, according to a paper at the...

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Old Sources for New Savings

In combating high energy costs, efficiency and conservation seem to offer the best payback. That's why increasingly more businesses are investing in efficiency measures. Conserving energy and using various old and new energy sources in an environmentally sustainable way may be more of a Herculean task than rebuilding the world economy after the last World War. The way in which U.S. industries...

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A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World

In A Thousand Barrels a Second, economist Peter Tertzakian gives all the bleak numbers but still manages to have an optimistic energy outlook - without engaging in the doomsday approach of so many books on oil. FROM THE PUBLISHER How the world's dizzying consumption of oil is poised to forever change the world economies and businesses. This is an informed and compelling look at one of the most...

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Investing in Energy Innovation

Many reasons have been cited for the world's huge energy challenges. How innovative will our response be? And what role will R&D have in a proposed innovation revolution? The consequences of unfettered growth in global energy demand are alarming for all countries, many of which will increasingly rely on imports of oil and gas, according to the International Energy Agency's latest edition of its...

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How Are High Gas Prices Affecting You?

Record-high gas prices affect more than just the family vacation. As gas prices rise, so does stress on the job. How high are gas prices? So high that thousands of pumps at mom-and-pop service stations can't even register the number on their spinning mechanical dials. Last year at this time, the national average for regular unleaded was $2.86 per gallon. Now retail gas prices are up nearly 19...

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The Home Energy Savings Checklist

Energy and utility prices continue to rise and suck up ever more of our income. Cutting energy costs in the home requires minor changes, commitment and a shift in thinking. In 1999, residential customers paid an average 8.16 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). And perhaps you recall the average price of residential electricity in 2006 was about 10.4 cents per kWh. The average United States delivered...

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2008 Fuel Efficiency Guide

As car buyers' preferences change, automakers strive to increase fuel economy and cut fuel inefficiencies. Some manufacturers are already ahead of the curve. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed into law in December, now requires automakers to boost fleet-wide gas mileage to 35 miles per gallon (14.8 km/l) by 2020. Today, all passenger cars sold annually in the United States...

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Global Oil Outlook: A Crude Reality

Consumers and businesses alike are suffering from higher energy costs. How did we get here? There is no short answer, as a number of factors together have led to today's prices. Research from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has determined that primary energy demands will more than double by 2030. Manufacturers are disproportionately affected by energy price instability, according to the...

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10 Green Heresies to Accept

Global warming is promoted with a ferocity and intensity that is similar to a religious fervor. Skeptics are treated as heretics, and believers are considered lunatics. In preparation for tomorrow's biweekly IMT e-mail on energy, here are 10 recently proposed inconvenient truths. Note: Welcome back, dear readers! Hopefully, you had Monday off and used the three-day weekend to rejuvenate. Leading...

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Light Friday: It's Baaaaack!

OK, so maybe it never went away, but the relationship between God and Science is again gaining traction as new arguments from a diverse set of voices attempt to answer the question, Does science make belief in God obsolete? Heavy. Yet it's still Light Friday, so herein we also have barbershop policing and LEGO brick boulders - Indiana Jones-style! Addressing the God-Science Relationship A new...

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