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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-Up, Dec. 17

2:22 PM MST | December 17, 2010 | By VINCENT VALK

This Week on CW:

In another private equity backed M&A deal, YuleCatto is buying PolymerLatex from TowerBrook Capital Partners for $585.7 million.

Nearly 200 nations signed the Cancun Agreements at the most recent UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico. What does it mean for chemical industry?

According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy, that country could face critical shortages of rare earth metals in the coming years.

VCI, the German chemical industry trade group, expects output growth in that country to slow next year.

A U.S. federal appeals court has rejected has rejected a lawsuit filed by various industry groups seeking to delay EPA's greenhouse gas emissions regulation.

Around the Web:

An editorial in the New York Times points out that the U.S. car industry's renaissance is mainly due to the same factors that drove its fleeting profitability in the 1990s – sales of gas-guzzling SUVs and big consumer rebates.

A blog post considers "the paradox of efficiency," whereby efficiency does not lead to a reduction in resource consumption, in Policy Innovations.

An Energy Information Administration study predicts U.S. shale gas output to double by 2035, reducing energy imports, Bloomberg reports.

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