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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-Up, September 10

3:10 PM MDT | September 10, 2010 | By VINCENT VALK

This Week on CW:

Air Products raised its offer for Airgas. Airgas rejected it.

Methanex is restarting methanol production in Medicine Hat, Alberta. In other news, Medicine Hat, Alberta is probably the coolest city name in North America.

A study by ACC and Accenture finds that chemical buyers value product quality and reliability more than price.

Ethylene demand growth is expected to outpace prior forecasts due to strong economic recovery, especially in Asia, according to a new study.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index ranked AkzoNobel as the world's most sustainable chemical company.

Air Products and Praxair are receiving substantial grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for carbon capture and storage projects.

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Around the Web:

The New York Times takes a look at the inconclusive data on the danger, or lack thereof, of bisephenol-A.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid has stated the obvious: Congress won't pass anything with a carbon price or cap-and-trade this year, in Bloomberg.

The New York Review of Books has an essay on the persistence of the economic slump.

Homeowners in a rural resort town in Pennsylvania are refusing to lease their land for gas drilling, in Reuters.

You may have noticed that Google launched an instant search option this week. I don't much care for it (in fact, I've turned it off). But it did give rise to this fun video using Tom Lehrer's "Elements Song:"















 
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