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  • Ben Stein Announced as Keynote Speaker at the AmeriQuest Symposium

    AmeriQuest Business Services Latest News
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Actor, author, economist, and pop culture icon, Stein will share his insights on the economy, politics, and more at the upcoming business conference to be held February 11-13 in Orlando
  • Details on Natural Gas Vehicle Accident Emerging

    NGTNews.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Some new information has emerged related to the accident earlier this week that saw compressed natural gas cylinders on a refuse truck "explode" during a [...]
  • Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities

    Transportationist
    David Levinson
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I subscribe and listen to the Seminars About Long Term Thinking Podcast by the Long Now Foundation. So I was surprised and pleased to find the most recent episode featured Jesse Ausubel, (previously mentioned on this blog, and who has a lobster named for him) discussing fascinating trends in dematerialization, and how the environment is recovering (mostly) even without concerted public policy. The blurb says: In the field of environmental progress the conflict between anecdote and statistics is so flagrant that most public understanding on the subject is upside down. We worry about the…
  • Truth Tellers

    forcedgreen.com
    Linda
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    This is what happens when you tell the truth!
  • When a Globalized System Isn’t Global

    Responsible Reflections
    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    NACD has been getting a lot of questions from our members about how to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new Hazardous Communication Standard (HazCom) issued in 2012 to supposedly align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. GHS is a United Nations-created system of standards that uses consistent criteria for classifying and labeling chemicals on a global level. However, OSHA’s HCS 2012 conflicts with GHS requirements in many ways. This creates confusion for chemical distributors and causes U.S. requirements to…
 
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    Transportationist

  • Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities

    David Levinson
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I subscribe and listen to the Seminars About Long Term Thinking Podcast by the Long Now Foundation. So I was surprised and pleased to find the most recent episode featured Jesse Ausubel, (previously mentioned on this blog, and who has a lobster named for him) discussing fascinating trends in dematerialization, and how the environment is recovering (mostly) even without concerted public policy. The blurb says: In the field of environmental progress the conflict between anecdote and statistics is so flagrant that most public understanding on the subject is upside down. We worry about the…
  • Switch

    David Levinson
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    At my conference on the future of methane in Fort Worth last November, I found out about a documentary called Switch, about the future of energy in the US. I finally got around to getting and watching.  It is highly recommended for those interested in the subject. It is largely non-partisan (though the protagonist is a geologist) and covers all of the important energy types in a serious and engaging way, with a bit more meat and less chrome than the typical PBS science show. You have to request a copy from the website, it is not available on iTunes or Netflix yet. I don’t agree with…
  • Seminar: Gravity Models, Information Flows, and Inefficiency of Early Railroad Networks

    David Levinson
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    History of Science, Technology, and Medicine – Spring Colloquium 2015 Friday January 30 at 3:35 p.m. in room 131 of the Tate Laboratory of Physics on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota (refreshments at 3:15 p.m. in Room 216). “Gravity Models, Information Flows, and Inefficiency of Early Railroad Networks” Andrew Odlyzko, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota ABSTRACT: Gravity models of spatial interaction, which provide quantitative estimates of the decline in intensity of economic and social interactions with distance, are now ubiquitous in…
  • Light Years of Travel

    David Levinson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    One light year is approximately 10 trillion km  (actually 9.46 trillion km) (or 6 trillion miles (actually 5.88 trillion miles) Total vehicle travel in the US  is approximately  or 3 trillion miles (2.968 trillion miles in 2012) . So in the US, vehicles travel 1/2 of a light year each year. The nearest star (which is not the Sun) is Proxima Centauri, which is 4.2421 light years away.  If instead of driving around hither and thither, mostly in circles, we established a giant relay, we could cover that distance in 8.4 years of American driving . Now of course, it takes a year for light to…
  • Is reducing negative externalities a positive externality? (Or on Biking and Vikings)

    David Levinson
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A comment on a recent post on streets.mn suggested that bicycling has positive externalities, and thus we (society/government) should subsidize it. The same argument applies to many things for which government subsidy is requested, including large stadiums for professional sports teams. Stipulations Zeroth, bicycles are not public goods. Bicycles are both excludable (with locks when not ridden, by the rider when ridden) and rivalrous (my riding prevents you from riding it), and are thus private goods. Bicycle lanes may be public goods, since we don’t generally have effective mechanisms…
 
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    Responsible Reflections

  • When a Globalized System Isn’t Global

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    NACD has been getting a lot of questions from our members about how to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new Hazardous Communication Standard (HazCom) issued in 2012 to supposedly align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. GHS is a United Nations-created system of standards that uses consistent criteria for classifying and labeling chemicals on a global level. However, OSHA’s HCS 2012 conflicts with GHS requirements in many ways. This creates confusion for chemical distributors and causes U.S. requirements to…
  • NACD Gets Aggressive on State Advocacy

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    Last week, NACD announced its 2015 state advocacy strategy to tackle the continuing challenges chemical distributors face across the United States. With state legislatures increasingly drafting and passing legislation that places new environmental requirements and tax burdens on our members, our association must act both offensively and defensively to educate state policymakers about the immense value our Responsible Distribution program offers in ensuring the safe and secure distribution of chemical goods. I am firmly convinced that as state lawmakers learn about Responsible Distribution’s…
  • Share Your Story

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    During the 2014 NACD Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., we asked members to complete our survey of legislative priorities to ensure the association continues to address the membership’s pressing policy concerns. The issues that we provided members for their input included Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform, Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Authorization, Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Renewal, Rail Reform, Tax Reform, Cybersecurity Information Sharing, Highway Reauthorization, Health Care, Energy and Regulatory Overreach. A compilation of the responses…
  • The Key to Legislative Success in 2015 May Rest on Political Civility

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Many are saying Tuesday night’s midterm elections were a clear, unfavorable referendum on President Obama’s policies.  Exit polls showed Americans are deeply concerned with terrorism, the economy, and health care.  So what will change with Republicans now having control of the Senate and House Republicans potentially adding another 15-16 members to their majority?  As I discussed in my blog last week, I think issues including TSCA Reform, CFATS, and rail reform will be a mixed bag.  But the primary key for any legislative success to take place early next year will be the bipartisan…
  • Trick or Treat—What to Expect on Some Important Issues Confronting NACD’s Members

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    With the 2014 midterm elections taking place next Tuesday, countless political analysts are offering their forecasts for what will happen in 2015.  As I mentioned in my blog last week, so many questions remain that it is really tough to predict how the midterm results will translate into policy changes in 2015 and beyond. Nonetheless, I have some thoughts on the key issues impacting our members.  So, in the spirit of Halloween, I am offering my trick or treat predictions outlined below. TSCA Reform – Trick – TSCA reform was essentially torpedoed by politics earlier this fall, and the…
 
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  • Cargomatic Gets $8 Million to Build Uber for Truckers

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Every day I hear about a new ‘Uber for X’ startup and most of them are pretty crappy, but every now and then one comes across my desk that’s actually pretty cool.Los Angeles-based Cargomatic, which hopes to become ‘Uber for truckers,’ is one of the cool ones. And it just raised $8 million to expand its platform for connecting shippers and truckers who are available to help move their cargo.Launched in 2014, Cargomatic hopes to bring some technology to the local trucking industry by providing a platform enabling shippers to list available jobs that local…
  • Study: Clean Diesel Exhaust Safe for Animal Lungs, Probably Humans

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Modern diesels burn so cleanly that laboratory rats suffered no lung illnesses during a lengthy study of their exposure to exhaust gases, according to the Health Effects Institute, which is releasing a report today.The results can be interpreted to mean that people’s lungs are also not harmed by what it calls new technology diesel exhaust, or NTDE, because the animal and human organs operate in similar fashion, said the institute’s president, Dan Greenbaum. The Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study confirmed that amounts of particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen have been…
  • Truck Dealer of the Year Named

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    Scott McCandless of McCandless Truck Center was named the 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year Friday during the 52nd Annual ATD Convention in San Francsico.The award is presented by American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine and Procede Software. HDT Publisher David Moniz was on hand to present the award."The Truck Dealer of the Year award process identifies and honors a successful dealer with a lifetime achievement award," said Moniz. "This dealer will represent the industry in Washington at Indiana University as a proven example of the best of our industry." McCandless, president of the…
  • FMCSA Finalizing New Rules to Target Unfit Drivers, Fleets

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    WASHINGTON — The top U.S. trucking regulator pledged to step up its safety initiatives and outreach programs this year to aggressively go after commercial drivers unfit to operate on the nation’s highways. In the battle to root out unqualified and unsafe drivers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration acting Administrator Scott Darling said the agency also is in the final stages of drafting new rules for adopting safety fitness guidelines designed to help determine whether a carrier is suited to operate commercial motor vehicles. He made the comments here last week during the…
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