March 26, 2014 |
The World Trade Organization on Wednesday said that China's restrictions on the exports of rare earths -- raw materials commonly used in the manufacturing of electronics -- violate trade rules. China had argued that the restrictions, which included export duties and quotas, were in place to conserve exhaustible natural resources, but other countries disagreed. The United States two years ago complained to the World Trade Organization about the restrictions, arguing that they artificially raised the prices of rare earths for other countries and gave preferable pricing to Chinese manufacturers.
March 22, 2014 |
In a Louisiana swamp several miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, about 3,000 construction workers are building a massive industrial facility to liquefy natural gas, preparing for a new era when the U.S. will begin exporting energy around the globe. The $12-billion project is one of the largest single industrial investments in the nation, part of a massive transformation of the energy sector that has led to a boom in drilling, transportation and refining from coast to coast. Five years ago, the idea of exporting U.S. gas and oil was not only unheard of, but, in the case of most U.S. crude oil, illegal.
March 15, 2014 |
FALLON, Nev. - The dairy plant with its tangle of stainless steel pipes rises out of the parched landscape here like a beckoning oasis. Perched on the outskirts of this desert town dotted with small churches and roadside casinos, the factory represents a potential lifeline for nearly two dozen nearby dairy farmers. In a few weeks, every drop of milk collected from the surrounding farms will be brought to the plant and converted into fine powder inside a towering heating chamber specially made for the $85-million facility.
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March 14, 2014 |
Eventually, the idea that it's OK to be against gay marriage because of your religious beliefs is going to seem as silly as opposing interracial marriage because you weren't raised that way. Eventually gay marriage will be as normal as interracial marriage, which, don't forget, was illegal in many states until 1967 . Even conservatives, despite the pronouncements of party elders, are coming around. Last week at the CPAC conference, the generational divide was on vivid display.
February 26, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Wine exports from the United States, mainly from California, generated a record high revenue of $1.55 billion in 2013, the Wine Institute reported. It was the fourth record in a row for foreign sales when ranked by value, the San Francisco trade group said. Total sales, 90% from California wineries, were up 16.4% over 2012. QUIZ: How much do you know about California's economy? "Consumers across the globe continue to recognize the quality, diversity and value of California wines, despite significant trade barriers and heavily subsidized foreign competitors," said Wine Institute President Robert P. Koch.
February 17, 2014 |
Small wonder French wine producers are looking forward to this year's biennial wine fair Vinexpo Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong. According to the French wine trade body FEVS (Féderation des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux), in a story reported by the British Wine magazine Decanter , French wine exports in 2013 were down by 3.1% in volume. (The sales value was just 0.1% less.) Interestingly, the volume of low-priced exports eroded the most, a whopping 17.3%. Champagnes and higher-priced wines with A.O.C.