June 1, 1994 |
A move to lift a ban on oil exports from Alaska got tentative support from the secretary of energy Tuesday, but an aide to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said the ban would stand if challenged on the Senate floor. Murray (D-Wash.) is fighting to make the ban permanent. Under current law, oil from Alaska's North Slope must be sold in the United States, a condition imposed when the trans-Alaskan pipeline was approved by Congress in the 1970s.
April 13, 1991 |
Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner said Friday that the Bush Administration is prepared to seek emergency legislation early next week to avoid a national railroad strike that threatens to shut down the nation's freight network and sidetrack economic recovery. Meanwhile, major rail shippers, taking no chances, searched for alternate forms of transportation and took other steps to minimize disruptions.
December 11, 1990 |
You may never have heard of a tiny, southwest Pacific island group called Vanuatu that was once known as New Hebrides and became an independent nation in 1980, with a population of just 115,000. But then you probably don't own a shipping company either. If you did, you would know that Vanuatu has joined Liberia, Panama, the Bahamas and a few other countries that for years have been selling "flags of convenience," which, along with drastic cuts in U.S.
April 7, 1990
The new trade accord announced Thursday is a landmark move to reduce the $49-billion U.S. trade deficit with Japan. Or it's not. It depends on whom you ask: * "I think this accord will make a difference and continue what has already been a process of Japanese liberalization," said William Cline, a senior fellow at the Institute for International Economics in Washington. "I think it could have a measurable impact." * "I think it's much ado about not very much," said Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr.
January 27, 1994 |
Nearly 21 years after starting Federal Express Corp., Frederick W. Smith thinks the computer has become as important as his first love, the plane. "Oh, absolutely, perhaps even more important," Smith said. The company that invented airborne overnight shipping boasts of its computerized information services more than its transportation might these days. The reason is that for hundreds of businesses, the information Federal Express provides about shipment and distribution has tremendous value.
June 25, 1988 |
A cold front brought record cool temperatures to the sweltering Northeast on Friday and rain fell in parts of the parched upper Midwest, but hot, dry weather elsewhere continued to wither crops. It was the eighth straight day of 100-degree heat over the central part of the nation. Three days of dredging the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tenn., ended Friday afternoon, allowing officials to reopen the waterway and free an estimated 1,100 barges to resume their sluggish pace.