Chem Links, October 28: Cap-and-Trade Horse Trading
2:36 PM MDT | October 28, 2009 | By VINCENT VALK
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About two-thirds of the U.S. Senate is 'in play' on the cap-and-trade bill. Of that number, about 24 are 'fence sitters' who could vote either way on the bill. The fence sitters are both Republicans and Democrats, and have concerns ranging from protecting electrical generation to market regulation to free trade. They will likely determine the fate of the bill. (NY Times/ClimateWire)
Dioxin levels are very high around the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers in Michigan, near Dow's headquarters. Dow and EPA have been negotiating a clean-up for years, and appear to have reached an agreement. Local residents and environmental groups, however, remain skeptical. (Chicago Tribune)
The economy may be starting a slow crawl towards recovery, but Americans remain fairly pessimistic, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The level of pessimism has actually ticked upwards since September, the poll finds. (Wall Street Journal)
Is China lording in on the U.S.'s liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply? Or is it just the market at work? Does it even matter, considering that the U.S. has no shortage of LNG? It all depends on whom you ask. (Environmental Capital/WSJ)
ACC is sponsoring a fashion show. It's about plastic. No, seriously. (Plastics News)