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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-Up, Jan. 7

3:22 PM MST | January 7, 2011 | By VINCENT VALK

This week in CW:

The chemical industry was less energy-efficient in 2009, while GHG emissions fell due to output declines. But companies are generally not taking action.

Monsanto swung to a profit, as seeds and genomics revenues rose.

Shell is selling two more catalyst businesses in North America.

FMC is planning to restart soda ash production in Wyoming by July 1, in response to rising export demand.

An appeals court has granted a stay to Texas' challenge of EPA greenhouse gas regulations.

Around the Web:

The Washington Post asks if 2011 will be the year of the EPA.

But the New York Times cautions that this year will bring little in the way of climate change action.

Miller-McCune has a fascinating look at peak oil's implications for the airline industry and mass commercial aviation. The article is several months old, but I stumbled across it this week and thought it was worth posting.

In light of December job figures that are hardly encouraging, a blogger in The Atlantic asks if it will take decades for full employment to return to the U.S.














 
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