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  • Ontario Transportation Study Touts Benefits of NGVs and EVs

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    2 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    The Ontario Natural Gas Alliance (ONGA) says a new study suggests Ontario can save billions of dollars in fuel costs and significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions [...]
  • Main Street – Mahtowa, Minnesota |streets.mn

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    David Levinson
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Mahtowa, Minnesota (near Barnum, in Carlton County) (map) is probably the smallest town profiled in this series. My visit was an accidental stop from up north to down south. Mahtowa is notable for TJ’s Country Corner, which is a thriving corner store and sausage purveyor on Old Highway 61. TJ’s claims to have the best tasting sausage on earth, or anywhere else. As Carl Sagan often said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. This claim I cannot verify, though it tasted good. Their wurst hearse is a notable, and risqué, piece of roadside Americana.
  • Happy Birthday America!

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    Linda
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:29 pm
    I am starting early cause this video is just awesome. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Have a great July 4th but a safe one!
  • Guest Post: Preparing Young Adults Requires Mentors – Reflections on CEF’s National Challenge and Women in STEM

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    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    By Lucinda Schofer, NACD Chief Operating Officer A few weeks ago, I joined hundreds of observers at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to watch 36 middle school students compete in the Chemical Educational Foundation’s (CEF) National You Be The Chemist Challenge®. I could spend hours telling you how impressive these kids were.  From their smiles, charisma and calm demeanor on stage, it was clear that they had solid support from educators, their family and industry there in the audience. And boy, they didn’t disappoint.  Ten rounds of exciting competition were held, with…
  • E-Logging Rule Moves a Small Step Closer to Becoming Reality

     Truckers America - Home
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    A looming Final Rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices has been sent from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to the Office of Secretary of Transportation, moving the rule a small step closer to publication and implementation.The DOT in its latest monthly report on the status of pending rules said the rule was sent to the OST on June 6. The rule is still projected by the DOT to be published Sept. 30, which would mean the rule would start being enforced in late 2017. After the OST approves the rule, it will be sent to the White House’s Office of…
 
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  • Main Street – Mahtowa, Minnesota |streets.mn

    David Levinson
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Mahtowa, Minnesota (near Barnum, in Carlton County) (map) is probably the smallest town profiled in this series. My visit was an accidental stop from up north to down south. Mahtowa is notable for TJ’s Country Corner, which is a thriving corner store and sausage purveyor on Old Highway 61. TJ’s claims to have the best tasting sausage on earth, or anywhere else. As Carl Sagan often said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. This claim I cannot verify, though it tasted good. Their wurst hearse is a notable, and risqué, piece of roadside Americana.
  • Deadly hours for bicyclists on area roadways: 6, 10 p.m.

    David Levinson
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nicole Knight Shine in the OC Register writes: “Deadly hours for bicyclists on area roadways: 6, 10 p.m.“ … Bicycling deaths are generally highest in the evening, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 10 and 11 p.m., according to CHP data. Six deaths occurred in those hours last year. Pedestrian deaths also were most common in the evening, with the highest number (7) between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., the CHP data shows. Last year, 17 bicyclists and 49 pedestrians were killed on Orange County roadways. The number of injuries and deaths typically rise at night due to poor visibility,…
  • Elements of Access: Jam Today, Jam Tomorrow

    David Levinson
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    “I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said. “Two pence a week, and jam every other day.”Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said, “I don’t want you to hire me – and I don’t care for jam.”“It’s very good jam,” said the Queen.“Well, I don’t want any to-day, at any rate.”“You couldn’t have it if you did want it,” the Queen said. “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”“It must come sometimes to ‘jam…
  • The road as an Ecosystem in the 21st Century

    David Levinson
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today in the Tech World, there is discussion of “platforms” and “ecosystems”. When we hear talk about Apple vs. Google, it is as much about the Apple ecosystem, particularly that around iOS, the operating system for the iPhone, vs. Android OS. The Operating Systems enable both device-based and cloud-based software services. I can buy apps that work in either eco-system, but not both (without purchasing twice). I can buy peripherals that work on one or the other, but generally not both. This mobile telephone ecosystem logic follows and is much larger than the previous…
  • Frontiers, or Values as Instruments

    David Levinson
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is no larger North American metro area colder than Minneapolis- St. Paul that is larger than Minneapolis- St. Paul. We are on the size-cold frontier. But the same might be said for Edmonton, Alberta and Barrow, Alaska, as well as Mexico City. On the brawn-brain frontier, Stanford ranks highly, no university with smarter students has a better football team. Cal-Tech might say the same. As might Ohio State in 2015. Combining different things into a single metric is inherently arbitrary. Economics likes to monetize everything, so instead of noise, we have monetized noise externality,…
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  • Happy Birthday America!

    Linda
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:29 pm
    I am starting early cause this video is just awesome. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Have a great July 4th but a safe one!
  • GoPro in Space!

    Linda
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:06 pm
    GoPro is going everywhere, even to space! SpaceX strapped a GoPro camera to a metal fairing on a Falcon 9 rocket and captured this incredible video as that part of the rocket fell back to earth. SpaceX designs its rockets to be reusable. That’s why it was returning to earth. This is a view of what you would see if you were an astronaut coming back to earth from space. Pretty cool, eh?
  • Texas Water

    Linda
    31 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Here is a visual of how much water has fallen in Texas. Pretty amazing! Do you have any ideas on how to spread the wealth?
  • Earth Day Solutions

    Linda
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    This Earth Week we are emphasizing Solutions. At each stage of “The Story of Stuff,” people just like you are stepping up and making our world a better place. Have you seen The Story of Solutions? #growingsolutions
  • Happy Easter

    Linda
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
 
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  • Guest Post: Preparing Young Adults Requires Mentors – Reflections on CEF’s National Challenge and Women in STEM

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    By Lucinda Schofer, NACD Chief Operating Officer A few weeks ago, I joined hundreds of observers at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to watch 36 middle school students compete in the Chemical Educational Foundation’s (CEF) National You Be The Chemist Challenge®. I could spend hours telling you how impressive these kids were.  From their smiles, charisma and calm demeanor on stage, it was clear that they had solid support from educators, their family and industry there in the audience. And boy, they didn’t disappoint.  Ten rounds of exciting competition were held, with…
  • TSCA Passed the House, but Don’t Get Comfortable Yet

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    On Tuesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (398-1) to pass the TSCA Modernization Act (H.R. 2576) introduced by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and cosponsored in bipartisan fashion by 16 other Members of Congress. This is a major milestone in seeing TSCA reform take one step closer to crossing the finish line. Of course, the Senate must pass its version of TSCA reform in the coming weeks, and then the two chambers must come together to resolve the differences between the two. Nevertheless, the resounding House passage of H.R. 2576 is an impressive accomplishment that…
  • Let NACD Help You Coordinate A Congressional Site Visit This Summer

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    With the 4th of July congressional recess two weeks away and the summer break for Congress a little over six weeks away, now is the time to consider inviting your U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate members for a facility tour. They use these breaks to travel back home and meet with constituents like you. In my visits to NACD members, I am frequently asked about the process of coordinating a visit by a Member of Congress and whether it is challenging and time-consuming. And the answer is, very simply, no! A couple of hours of your time are all that is required. Yet, the benefits to…
  • HazCom Issue Highlights Importance of Engaging Regulatory Agencies

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    On June 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HazCom) went into effect. This rule alters the ways chemical products are labeled and how their safety is reported. It is arguably the single most impactful regulation affecting the chemical industry since the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Management Program rule. To address concerns many in our industry had about compliance with HazCom, NACD pursued a multi-pronged approach to educate OSHA about the widespread impacts this new rule would have on the…
  • Sitting Down with the Governor of Texas

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    21 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    From left: NACD Chairman Mat Brainerd, NACD Member and Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock, Gov. Greg Abbott, and NACD President Eric Byer Earlier this week, I met with Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) to introduce him and his staff to NACD and our Responsible Distribution program. Along with NACD member and State Senator Kelly Hancock and NACD Chairman Mat Brainerd, we talked about NACD’s membership in the Lone Star state and the importance of ensuring Texas communities are kept safe through stewardship and adhering to best practices in the chemical distribution industry. Sitting down with…
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  • E-Logging Rule Moves a Small Step Closer to Becoming Reality

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    A looming Final Rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices has been sent from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to the Office of Secretary of Transportation, moving the rule a small step closer to publication and implementation.The DOT in its latest monthly report on the status of pending rules said the rule was sent to the OST on June 6. The rule is still projected by the DOT to be published Sept. 30, which would mean the rule would start being enforced in late 2017. After the OST approves the rule, it will be sent to the White House’s Office of…
  • Trucking Industry Drives Strong Growth in Jobs

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Transportation and warehousing companies added 17,100 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, with nearly half the growth coming in a trucking industry that has warned of capacity and drivers shortages.Trucking employment grew by 7,400 jobs in June over May, on a seasonally adjusted basis, and the industry has added 19,000 jobs in the past three months, according to BLS. The trucking industry has added 43,300 jobs since June 2014. The expansion came in a broader report that showed the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in June, sending the unemployment rate down to 5.3%.
  • Lancaster Woman Named America's Most Beautiful Trucker

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Overdrive Magazine just crowned theirMost Beautiful Female Trucker. Ephrata’s Joanne Fatta was the recipient of the award and beat out 86 other women.“I’m representing women, I’m representing the company, I’m representing all of the people that have supported me and the town. So, that’s really neat,” Fatta said. Out of the 3 million truck drivers in America, only 7 percent are female, according to Overdrive Magazine. Fatta drives for Sunrise Transport and has been in the trucking business for 15 years. It was a struggle in the beginning.“It…
  • Guess Which Small Business Industry is Growing the Fastest!

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    Those big rigs you see rumbling down the freeway are a sign of good times. Trucking is now the fastest-growing small-business industry in the U.S., thanks to a robust economy and expanded options for small-business loans and financing. TimeTwo kinds of small businesses in trucking posted the biggest jumps in revenue in the 12-month period ending May 31, according to a report released this month by Sageworks, a financial analysis software company. General freight trucking, which covers small businesses that transport a wide range of merchandise, was at No. 1, recording a nearly 25% uptick in…
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