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Nuclear Industry Gains Carbon-Focused Allies in Push to Save Reactors

(Updated: 2014-04-27) Environmentalists and the nuclear industry are beginning a push to preserve old nuclear reactors whose economic viability is threatened by cheap natural gas and rising production of wind energy. They argue that while natural gas and wind are helpful as sources of electricity with little or no production of greenhouse gases, national climate goals […]

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U.S. Chemical Production Higher in March; Production Increased in Five of Seven Regions

(Updated: 2014-04-24) According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent gain in February, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) was 0.2 percent higher in March. Five out of the seven producing regions saw production increases in March. Declines in the output along the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley regions […]

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Infrastructure Opening to Foreign Investors

(Updated: 2014-04-24) Private investment to play bigger role in rail, harbor, energy sectors China announced 80 major public infrastructure projects on 23rd April to arrest the economy’s slowdown while experimenting with wider access for private and overseas investors. The decision was made at a State Council executive meeting with Premier Li Keqiang presiding, the second meeting […]

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China’s New Energy Car Sales to Double

(Updated: 2014-04-23) The number of new energy cars sold in China this year may hit 35,000, twice as many as were sold in 2013, as the government promotes use of greener vehicles, according to a new official forecast. Sales may reach 60,000 if hybrid-power vehicles are taken into account, according to a report on China’s auto […]

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New Trade Deals May Open Doors for S.C.

(Updated: 2014-04-22) Approval of trade agreements that would create jobs in South Carolina by removing regulatory hurdles and lowering tariffs is linked to a political decision in Washington, but German trade executives and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker are optimistic. Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Trans-Pacific Partnership are playing out alongside […]

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Report: Organic Industry Achieved 25 Years of Fast Growth Through Fear and Deception

(Updated: 2014-04-22) A 3,400-percent increase in sales in 24 years makes organic the fastest-growing consumer food and lifestyle trend in modern history, say independent researchers looking into the industry’s strategies and marketing practices. What they’ve found, though, isn’t pretty. Those robust sales, they say, were built on the backs of American taxpayers with deceptive practices involving […]

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Cross-Border Trade Pilot to Have Ceiling

(Updated: 2014-04-19) A pilot program allowing cross-border stock investment by investors in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong will be subject to an initial total ceiling of 550 billion RMB (90 billion USD) – 300 billion RMB for Hong Kong investors and 250 billion RMB for Chinese mainland investors, according to the China Securities Regulation Commission. […]

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Vietnam Software Outsourcing Sector Grows Strongly, in World’s Top 10

(Updated: 2014-04-18) Vietnamese software outsourcing companies have announced their first-quarter revenues rose by up to 34 % compared to the same period of last year while an industry body says Vietnam is now among the world’s top ten software exporters. Vietnam has outplayed India to become the second-largest software outsourcer in Japan, only behind China, and […]

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US to Help Companies Invest in Myanmar

(Updated: 2014-04-17) The US will open its first commercial service office in Myanmar to help US companies invest in the southeast Asian nation, marking another step towards reviving US economic ties with the country. The move follows the restoration of diplomatic relations and the lifting of most economic sanctions, said Penny Pritzker, US commerce secretary, as […]

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