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Chem Links, December 9: Copenhagen Party Poopers

3:38 PM MST | December 9, 2009 | By VINCENT VALK

Some U.S. House Republicans plan to accompany President Obama to Copenhagen, though they don't appear particularly interested in reaching an agreement. Representative Joe Barton – who is the top Republican on the House's Energy and Commerce Committee – is apparently worried about creating CO2 from simply talking. Which raises the question: if members of Congress were only permitted to speak when they make sense, would it solve climate change? (AFP)

With a cap-and-trade bill pending, the U.S. Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee is looking at some alternatives, including a carbon tax. (NY Times/Greenwire)

In this week's 'don't get too happy about the economy' file, are you heartened by the latest U.S. jobs data? Maybe you shouldn't be. As governments pull the plug on stimulus, the job market may worsen again before it gets better. The economy could go along with it. A double-dip is still possible. (Financial Times)

This nifty little chart from a management consultant shows how the chemical industry has converged since the creation of the billion-dollar club. Apparently the margins gap between commodity and specialty companies is narrowing. The future may belong to diversified firms. (Kline Blog)

Finally, in this week's 'things that my four-year-old niece could have predicted' file, business is rather upset about the EPA's finalized endangerment finding on carbon dioxide emissions. (Wall Street Journal)














 
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