The Copper Development Association did more than just spread the word at The Business of Plugging In 2011 about the value of copper induction motors now used by Tesla Motors in their electric vehicles. It gave new insight to attendees of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) conference.

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Report: EPA Took Short Cut On Climate Finding

The AP (9/28, Cappiello) reported that “an internal government watchdog says that the” EPA “cut corners when it produced a key scientific document underpinning its decision to regulate climate-changing pollution.” AP said the Inspector General report noted “the agency circumvented a more robust review process that was warranted for a technical paper supporting a costly and controversial decision to control greenhouse gases for the first time.” The White House and the EPA “disagreed with the report’s conclusions.”

The Washington Post (9/28, Eilperin) quoted the study as saying: “This review did not meet all [Office of Management and Budget] requirements for peer review of a highly influential scientific assessment” mainly because “the review results and EPA’s response were not publicly reported, and because 1 of the 12 reviewers was an EPA employee.” The Post said that although the investigation — “requested by the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, James M. Inhofe (Okla.) — will do little to affect federal climate regulation, it provides” ammunition “to those who question the government’s role in addressing global warming.”

The Wall Street Journal (9/29, Tracy) reported the report’s conclusions could provide ammunition to Republicans who oppose stricter rules to rein in greenhouse gases. The journal said the document at the center of the controversy was developed by the agency to support its findings that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide can adversely affect public health. The conclusions from the document helped EPA to set benchmarks for power plants and other greenhouse gas producers.

The Washington Times (9/28, Dinan) reported that investigators, however, “did not question EPA’s scientific conclusions that human-caused global warming is occurring, and said the agency did follow basic rules.” Still the “investigators said EPA didn’t treat the finding as seriously as the situation required, and failed to meet administration guidelines for peer review of such a major issue.” The paper said the EPA “rejected the report,” pointing out that “the science it did use was peer reviewed, and that its findings were based on the work of other major bodies, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

The Hill (9/28, Geman) reports in its “E2 Wire” blog that Inhofe “said the report nonetheless ‘calls the scientific integrity of EPA’s decision-making process into question and undermines the credibility of the endangerment finding.'” He said Wednesday he is asking the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, “the committee of jurisdiction over the EPA, to hold immediate hearings to address EPA’s failure to provide the required documentation and have the science impartially reviewed

Die Casting – Shaping America’s Future

America’s most fundamental industry, metal casting, continues to play a critical role in the success of U.S. manufacturing through the production of high quality castings and support of key industry sectors. In fact, castings are used in 90% of all finished manufactured products.

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