The Oil and Gas Journal (12/28, Snow) reports, “A federal appeals court rejected a request by the oil and gas industry and others to delay the US Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions on Jan. 2,”ruling that the request failed to meet “stringent standards required for a stay pending court review.” Quentin Riegel, vice-president of litigation and general counsel for the Manufacturers,said “EPA’s agenda places unnecessary burdens on manufacturers, drives up energy costs, and imposes even more uncertainty on the nation’s job creators. We will continue our efforts to stop the EPA from pursuing its job-destroying agenda.” The agency says the ruling confirms “that [EPA’s] reasonable actions to address carbon pollution will unfold in a manageable and sensible way.”

Last Week A “Blizzard Of Legislative Action And Regulatory Excess.” In a posting on the Manufacturers’ Shopfloor (12/27) blog, Carter Wood wrote about “last week’s blizzard of legislative action and regulatory excess,” noting the EPA’s decision “to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from such sources as coal-fired power plants and refineries,” as well as Congressional agreement on H.R. 6517, the Omnibus Trade Act, and H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, among other measures. Regarding the EPA, Jay Timmons, executive vice president of the Manufacturers is quoted as saying, “Today’s announcements demonstrate the EPA’s commitment to move forward with an overreaching agenda that will only raise energy costs and hurt manufacturers’ ability to grow, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.”

China Auto Sales Surge 27 Percent In November

The AP (12/10, Kurtenbach) reports, “China’s auto sales powered ahead in November, jumping 27 percent to 1.7 million vehicles as car buyers rushed to beat expected increases in license plate fees in some cities.” The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers noted “the rebound after a slowdown during the summer pushed sales for the year to 16.4 million vehicles, up 34 percent from the year before.”

New Items for Sale at the Die Casting Equipment & Supplies Exchange!!

Recently, NADCA launched its newest tool to help address the die casting industry – The Die Casting Equipment & Supplies Exchange – where users can post items to sell and search items to buy, as well as place requests for an item that you are looking for. The site is easy to use and acts as a type of classified “hub” for buying, selling, and requesting equipment and supplies. For only $10, your item can be listed -complete with description, image, and asking price.

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