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  • DuPont to end pension contributions, freeze benefit plans

    11/18/2016 7:26:21 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 18, 2016 | Ed Adamczyk
    The company said the move is an alignment with industry trends in which fewer companies offer pensions. WILMINGTON, Del. -- The DuPont Company said it will eliminate its pension contribution for active employees. ... active employees will no longer accrue additional benefits, and employees under age 50 also will no longer receive dental, medical and life insurance benefits in retirement. ... Since 1998, nearly one-quarter of all Fortune 500 companies have stopped contributing to employees' primary pension plans, and 40 percent offer only a 401(k).
  • Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries

    06/24/2016 4:22:04 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 62 replies
    AP ^ | 6/24/2016
    The AP review of Clinton's calendar — her after-the-fact, official chronology of the events of her four-year term — identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors and loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were either not recorded or listed with identifying details scrubbed. The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page document with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day's events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show...
  • DuPont and Dow Chemical are merging to form a $130 billion chemical giant

    12/11/2015 8:40:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2015 | Swetha Gopinath, Reuters
    The chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical Co. agreed to merge in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $130 billion, with plans to eventually split into three. The deal, which is likely to face intense regulatory scrutiny, allows the new company — to be called DowDuPont -- to rejig assets based on the diverging fortunes of their businesses that make agriculture chemicals and plastics. Dow and DuPont have been struggling to cope with falling demand for farm chemicals because of falling crop prices and a strong dollar, even as their plastics businesses have thrived thanks to low natural-gas...
  • Foxcatcher, 1 vanity opinion (may contain spoilers)

    11/22/2014 1:43:57 PM PST · by morphing libertarian · 27 replies
    Personal opinion | 11/22/2014 | Self
    Just got back from Foxcatcher and yes I'm a moviholic. Big build up for the three lead actors (Carrell, Tatum, and Ruffalo). If your comment is Who dat? You probably clicked onto the wrong thread. Save us all some time. Possible support nomination for Ruffalo and Tatum as the Schultz brothers, probably the two best known and influential collegiate and US Olympic wrestlers. Carrell plays John E. du Pont in a tour de force. Possiblly best actor nom. If you're used to the comic actor, the Office, 40 year old virgin etc., you may be very surprised at how well...
  • 4 dead in DuPont chemical leak

    11/15/2014 4:52:02 PM PST · by GeronL · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/15/2014
    Four people were killed and another was hospitalized in a chemical leak at a DuPont facility near Houston Saturday morning, authorities said. The hospitalized worker is expected to recover, plant manager Randall Clements said. The accident occurred when the chemical methyl mercaptan, which in low concentrations is used to odorize natural gas, was released in an area of a facility in La Porte at around 4 a.m. Saturday, Jeff Suggs, emergency management coordinator for the city, told NBC station KPRC. "We will continue to cooperate with all the local authorities and make sure that we investigate this fully and we...
  • The Story Behind Foxcatcher: The Real-Life Murder of Dave Schultz

    11/15/2014 4:24:20 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    People ^ | November 14, 2014 | Tara Fowler
    Ever since he was a kid, Mark Schultz idolized his older brother. So when Dave Schultz was murdered in cold blood by his athletic sponsor, the eccentric millionaire John du Pont, Mark's entire world was turned upside down. "Losing Dave was like losing my anchor," Mark tells PEOPLE. "Dave was like a one-man cult and I was his follower. When he was killed, I was left floating free, wondering what to do." Mark recounts the story of his brother's senseless death in his new memoir Foxcatcher, out Nov. 18. The events are also the basis for a movie of the...
  • California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage (industrial spying for China)

    07/11/2014 10:18:35 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 1 replies
    KPVI News 6 ^ | 07/11/2014 | AP
    A federal judge has sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China a secret recipe to a widely used white pigment. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White said Thursday in Oakland that Walter Liew, a naturalized U.S. citizen, had "turned against his adopted country over greed." White noted that U.S. authorities had managed to trace $22 million of the $28 million received by Liew to various Singapore and Chinese companies controlled by Liew's in-laws before losing the trail.
  • Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

    06/21/2014 6:04:54 AM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | June 21, 2014 | Randall Chase
    Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world. A pioneer as a woman in a heavily male field, Kwolek made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilmington. At the time, DuPont was looking for strong, lightweight fibers that could replace steel in automobile tires and improve fuel economy.
  • Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dead at 90

    06/20/2014 12:05:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    GMA via Yahho News ^ | 6/20/14 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    As one of the few pioneering female chemists in the 1960s, Stephanie Kwolek invented the flexible, tougher than steel fibers that were used to create life-saving body armor for law enforcement and soldiers. Kwolek died this week at the age of 90, her co-workers at DuPont, the chemical company where Kwolek worked, confirmed to ABC News. "She leaves a wonderful legacy of thousands of lives saved and countless injuries prevented by products made possible by her discovery," DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said in a statement.
  • Du Pont heir convicted of raping daughter spared prison

    04/04/2014 12:07:49 PM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/2/14 | Kevin Conlon and Stephanie Gallman
    Though Robert H. Richards IV was convicted of rape, the wealthy heir to the du Pont family fortune was spared prison by a Delaware court in 2009 because he would "not fare well" behind bars, according to court documents CNN obtained Tuesday. Richards is a great-grandson of the chemical magnate Irenee du Pont. He received an eight-year prison sentence in 2009 for raping his toddler daughter, but the sentencing order signed by a Delaware judge said "defendant will not fare well" in prison and the eight years were suspended.
  • Child Sexual Abuse Case Involving Du Pont Heir Resurfaces

    03/20/2014 7:32:31 AM PDT · by mkboyce · 2 replies ^ | March 18, 2014 | Nichelle Polston
    2008 child sexual abuse case involving one of Delaware's most prominent names is back in the spotlight. The case involves the great-grandson of Irenee Du Pont. The charges involve his children and were brought forward by the children's mother, Tracy Richards who is seeking monetary damages for their personal injuries. In 2008, Richards IV, 47, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to the felony that included one count of intentional 4th degree rape and sexual penetration of his daughter who was 3 years old when the abuse started. According to the lawsuit, Richards IV later admitted to more sexual abuse in...
  • Man in Custody After Suspicious Car Found Near Dupont Circle

    06/03/2013 4:31:24 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 27 replies
    WRC (NBC 4 DC) ^ | 6/3/13 | NBC4. DC
    People in the area reported a man driving erratically and yelling from a black Honda Civic with signs and stickers -- some referencing Sept. 11, 2001 -- about 3 p.m. Monday, News4’s Jackie Bensen reported. One sign read "Death to Capitalism," bicyclist Jen House told News4...... Several of what appear to be gas cans and propane canisters are visible inside the car, which prompted police to close several streets in the area and evacuate Ross Elementary School and an apartment building as a precaution, Bensen reported.
  • European Union urged to embrace genetically engineered crops

    04/27/2013 5:56:47 AM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    UPI ^ | April 25, 2013 at 7:26 PM | UPI
    BRUSSELS, April 25 (UPI) -- The European Union will be unable to meet its agricultural policy goals unless it embraces genetically engineered crops, Spanish researchers said. Paul Christou of the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center in Spain and colleagues said studies suggest the EU's stand on genetically-modified crops is undermining its competitiveness in the agricultural sector and that of its humanitarian activities in the developing world. "Many aspects of the EU agricultural policy, including those concerning GMOs, are internally inconsistent and actively obstruct what the policy sets out to achieve," the scientists wrote in the journal Trends in Plant Science,. A...
  • Obama's Genetically Modified Food Bill is Bad for America's Health - “Monsanto Protection Act.”

    03/30/2013 5:52:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Peter Lind
    WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law, the "Monsanto Protection Act," that strips federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns. "The provision would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop while the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) assesses those potential hazards," explains a letter to the House that has been signed by dozens of food businesses and retailers, as well as interest groups and...
  • DuPont to cut 1500 jobs [Delaware Hope ' n Change]

    10/23/2012 5:37:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | October 23, 2012 | Chris Isidore
    Chemical company DuPont announced Tuesday it would cut about 1,500 jobs worldwide, or about 2% of its global work force. The company said it will make the cuts over the next 12 to 18 months as part of an effort to trim costs by $450 million. But the cost-cutting effort resulted in $342 million in after-tax charges in the most recent quarter.
  • DuPont to cut 1,500 jobs after 3Q profit slide

    10/23/2012 4:41:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10/23/12 | Randell Chase
    Chemical maker DuPont is cutting 1,500 jobs and says it will take other steps to increase competitiveness after a third quarter in which earnings fell sharply. The Wilmington company reported net income of $10 million Tuesday, or a penny per share, compared with $452 million, or 48 cents per share, for the same period last year.
  • Former DuPont Scientist Pleads Guilty to Economic Espionage

    03/02/2012 5:05:14 PM PST · by Larry381 · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Dept Of Justice ^ | March 02, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of California
    SAN FRANCISCO—Tze Chao pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco late yesterday afternoon to conspiracy to commit economic espionage, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. In pleading guilty, Chao, who was employed by DuPont from 1966 to 2002, admitted that he provided trade secrets concerning DuPont’s proprietary titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing process to companies he knew were controlled by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Chao admitted that beginning in 2003, the year after he left DuPont, he began consulting for the Pangang Group, a PRC government-controlled company that produces TiO2. According to his plea agreement,...
  • Du Pont heir, killer of Olympic wrestler, dies

    12/09/2010 4:13:20 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/09/2010 | Joelle Farrell and Mari A. Schaefer
    John E. du Pont, an eccentric millionaire sentenced to prison in 1996 for the murder of an Olympic wrestler, died in prison Thursday morning. He was 72. Du Pont was found unresponsive in his cell in Somerset County at 6:55 a.m., said Sue Bensinger, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Dupont died of natural causes, she said. Du Pont was convicted of third-degree murder after he gunned down Olympic wrestler David Schulz outside his home in January 1996. Shultz's wife and the estate's head of security witnessed the shooting. Schultz, a 1984 gold medalist, was living in a...
  • Du Pont Endorses O'Donnell

    10/25/2010 9:55:45 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 10-25-2010 | Katrina Trinko
    Du Pont Endorses O'Donnell by Katrina TrinkoOctober 25, 2010 Former Delaware governor Pete Du Pont has endorsed Republican senate candidate Christine O’Donnell.   Du Pont recently wrote about the race in the Wall Street Journal, saying “On Election Day the question is: Who will help correct the negative policies that have hurt our nation over the past few years? One of the candidates supports almost all of them; the other favors policies that would make us more successful in the future.”  “I am honored and humbled to receive Governor du Pont’s endorsement in the race for the U.S. Senate, and...
  • Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

    01/13/2010 8:17:26 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 52 replies · 1,246+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 1/13/10 | kdawson
    jenningsthecat writes "A study published in December 2009 in the International Journal of Biological Sciences found that three varieties of Monsanto genetically-modified corn caused damage to the liver, kidneys, and other organs of rats. One of the corn varieties was designed to tolerate broad-spectrum herbicides, (so-called 'Roundup-ready' corn), while the other two contain bacteria-derived proteins that have insecticide properties. The study made use of Monsanto's own raw data. Quoting from the study's 'Conclusions' section: 'Our analysis highlights that the kidneys and liver as particularly important on which to focus such research as there was a clear negative impact on the...
  • Finally, Some Hope

    09/28/2010 6:43:11 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-29-10 | PETE DUPONT
    Republicans show that they're serious about curbing runaway government. How big has the government grown under the Obama administration? "The average level of U.S. government spending as a percentage of GDP from the end of World War II to the present is 19.6 percent," observes the Heritage Foundation. "In the past two years that level has exploded, reaching 24.7 percent in 2009 and an estimated 25.4 in 2010. . . . Without urgent action the U.S. is on course for national bankruptcy." So as Heritage says, the first urgent action is to get government spending under control, something that the...
  • Stop the Madness

    08/24/2010 5:21:19 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08-25-10 | PETE DU PONT
    Summer is almost ended, and Americans are growing more and more skeptical about the coming fall--about our lack of jobs, our bigger and more expensive government, the higher taxes that will be coming soon, more expensive and less personal health care, and, most important, our declining economy.A look at specific trends makes it seem very bad indeed. As Mortimer Zuckerman recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal: "Now there are at least 14.5 million Americans still searching for work: 1.4 million of them have been jobless for more than 99 weeks, 6.5 million have been jobless for over 27 weeks."Pessimism...
  • Pete Du Pont: Hillary Clinton for President

    07/14/2010 7:38:26 PM PDT · by maggief · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 15, 2010 | Pete Du Pont
    America's economy is failing to produce jobs, increase growth or raise confidence, and it will likely get even worse next year. Our federal government's spending has increased to $3.7 trillion this year from $2.98 trillion in 2008. Publicly held national debt is up by $2.4 trillion in less than two years, to about 63% percent of GDP from 40%, and is expected to reach 70% by 2012. Add in the unemployment rate, which has remained above 9.4% for over a year, and America is clearly failing economically. Next January the economy will be further depressed by increasing tax rates. The...
  • Do Freepers think that teflon is carcinogenic?

    05/06/2010 9:11:28 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 69 replies · 936+ views
    The debate is widespread. From googling articles I gather that the EPA says it is, Dupont says no. What say ye?
  • Will the VAT Lady Sing? If so, it's over for America.

    04/21/2010 4:35:38 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 13 replies · 872+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04-21-10 | PETE DU PONT
    A cultural battle is under way in America, a battle between, in columnist Michael Barone's, words, "the culture of dependence and the culture of independence." The culture of dependence is the belief by American liberalism that government can make better decisions for people than people can make for themselves. The U.S. has now created the largest government spending increases, takeovers, and regulation expansion in the past 65 years, since the end of World War II. It is going to get even worse, as the President's budget plans to spend $45 trillion in the next 10 years, a 70% increase in...
  • Obama Years Ago Helped Fund Carbon Program He Is Now Pushing Through Congress ( Cap & Tax )

    11/20/2009 4:45:46 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 913+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Updated March 25, 2009 | Ed Barnes ,
    While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction program he is now trying to push through Congress as president. In 2000 and 2001, while Barack Obama served as a board member for a Chicago-based charitable foundation, he helped to fund a pioneering carbon trading exchange that is likely to fill a critical role in the controversial cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme that President Obama is now trying to push rapidly through Congress. During those two years, the Joyce Foundation gave nearly...
  • In Climate Controversy, Industry Cedes Ground

    01/23/2007 10:19:12 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 1,119+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2007 | Jeffrey Ball
    The global-warming debate is shifting from science to economics. For years, the fight over the Earth's rising temperature has been mostly over what's causing it: fossil-fuel emissions or natural factors beyond man's control. Now, some of the country's biggest industrial companies are acknowledging that fossil fuels are a major culprit whose emissions should be cut significantly over time. A growing number of these companies are pushing for a mandatory emissions limit, or "cap." Some see a lucrative new market in clean-energy technologies. Many figure a regulation is politically inevitable and they want to be in the room when it's negotiated,...
  • McCain Is the Pro-Choice Candidate (In Respect to Education)

    08/21/2008 7:05:44 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 552+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 August 2008 | PETE DU PONT
    America's first charter school opened in Minnesota in 1992. Sixteen years later, there are 4,128 charter schools educating 1.24 million students in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Another 300 to 400 are expected to open in the coming school year. Charter schools are public schools, but they are very different. The Center for Education Reform's 2008 Annual Survey reports that responding charter schools are one-third smaller than conventional public schools, with about 348 students, compared with 521. They spend less—about $7,625 per student, compared with $9,138 in public schools—and they receive only about 61% of the per pupil...
  • Attn: Freepers Who Own DuPont common stock - Important Shareholder Proposal For You To Consider!

    04/17/2008 12:10:58 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 3 replies · 71+ views
    I was filling out my DuPont proxy this morning and came across a shareholder proposale regarding global warming. At first I rolled my eyes and then laughed when I read it. This proposal is right up the alley of any Freeper who doesn't believe in global warming. If you have Dupont common stock or know someone who does, tell them it and remember to vote YES on Proposal 4!
  • The Money and Connections Behind Al Gore’s Carbon Crusade

    10/13/2007 4:35:26 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 69 replies · 3,134+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/03/2007 | Deborah Corey Barnes
    Al Gore’s campaign against global warming is shifting into high gear. Reporters and commentators follow his every move and bombard the public with notice of his activities and opinions. But while the mainstream media promote his ideas about the state of planet Earth, they are mostly silent about the dramatic impact his economic proposals would have on America. And journalists routinely ignore evidence that he may personally benefit from his programs. Would the romance fizzle if Gore’s followers realized how much their man stands to gain? Earlier this year Gore experienced a notable public relations debacle. The Tennessee Center for...
  • Advanced biofuels: Ethanol, schmethanol

    09/27/2007 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 619+ views
    The Economist ^ | September 27, 2007 | The Economist
    Everyone seems to think that ethanol is a good way to make cars greener. Everyone is wrong SOMETIMES you do things simply because you know how to. People have known how to make ethanol since the dawn of civilisation, if not before. Take some sugary liquid. Add yeast. Wait. They have also known for a thousand years how to get that ethanol out of the formerly sugary liquid and into a more or less pure form. You heat it up, catch the vapour that emanates, and cool that vapour down until it liquefies. The result burns. And when Henry Ford...
  • Just Drill, Baby

    07/30/2007 12:28:51 AM PDT · by gpapa · 7 replies · 606+ views ^ | July 30, 2007 | PETE DU PONT
    Congress's energy policies would hinder America's economy. America's domestic oil production is declining, importation of oil is rising, and gasoline is more expensive. The government's Energy Information Administration reports that U.S. crude oil field production declined to 1.9 billion barrels in 2005 from 3.5 billion in 1970, and the share of our oil that is imported has increased to 60% from 27% in 1985. The price of gasoline has risen to $3.02 this month from $2 in today's dollars in 1985. Washington politicians will tell you this is an "energy crisis," but America's energy challenges are far more political than...
  • DuPont attracts White House eye: President to view biofuel research in Delaware

    01/24/2007 6:14:44 PM PST · by Gondring · 10 replies · 680+ views
    Associated Press via Sussex County ^ | January 24, 2007 | Randall Chase,
    DuPont attracts White House eye: President to view biofuel research in DelawareDOVER - DuPont's focus on biofuels research has attracted new attention from its oldest customer.President Bush planned to visit DuPont's experimental station in Wilmington today to emphasize the call in his State of the Union address for increased use of ethanol as a fuel alternative.In prepared remarks, President Bush proposed reducing gasoline consumption in the U.S. by 20 percent over the next 10 years through tougher fuel economy standards and mandatory production of more ethanol and other alternate fuels.The White House said the new fuel mandate will spur...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos) 1-24-07

    01/24/2007 4:36:38 PM PST · by onyx · 371 replies · 4,781+ views
    Welcome to Sanity Island. President Bush traveled to Wilmington, Delaware today, where he discussed his Energy Initiative in the Hotel du Pont's DuPont's theater. Afterward, he toured DuPont's Experimental Station. The full text of the President's remarks can be read here. Earlier in the day, President Bush signed an Executive Order, To Support Alternative Fuel Use And Help The Federal Government Reduce Oil Use. The Order requires Federal Agencies to lead by example in advancing the Nation's energy security and environmental performance through effective environmental, energy, and transportation management. Executive Order: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management. This afternoon,...
  • DuPont shares rally on BP butanol partnership

    06/25/2006 6:03:45 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 10 replies · 845+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 6/21/06 | Shawn Langlois
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- DuPont Co. shares gained as much as 5% Wednesday as Wall Street weighed long-term prospects of the chemical giant's partnership with BP to make biobutanol, an alternative to corn-based ethanol in the red-hot fuel additive market. DuPont's stock finished up $1.70 at $41.94, joining a broad, triple-digit rally by the Dow industrials after investors initially gave the biobutanol news a lukewarm reception in the prior session. BP's shares added $1.31, or 2%, to $67.01. DuPont said in a conference call Tuesday that butanol, which can be derived from sugar beets, will be marketed in the U.K....
  • THE END OF RETIREMENT (Top 10 Companies with Pension Deficits)

    06/22/2006 10:26:20 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 55 replies · 3,641+ views
    Motley Fool ^ | June 22, 2006 | By Robert Brokamp (TMF Bro)
    Tired of reading about America's retirement woes? Then I have an alternative for you: Watch a TV show about them. Heck, you don't even have to move to your TV -- you can watch it on your computer, from the comfort of your own desk chair. The particular program I'm talking about is an episode of the PBS series Frontline titled "Can You Afford to Retire?" Of course, since you've clicked on this article, you can't be too tired of reading about all of the impending retirement woes out there, so let me sum up the program's main points and...
  • Dupont, BP Join to Produce Biofuels

    06/20/2006 2:40:57 PM PDT · by wouldntbprudent · 18 replies · 641+ views
    comcast/AP ^ | June 20, 2006 | RANDALL CHASE
    DOVER, Del. - Chemical maker DuPont said Tuesday it will begin marketing biofuels for the transportation sector next year through a partnership with oil company BP PLC. The companies said a collaboration they began in 2003 has advanced to the point where they plan to introduce butanol made from sugar beets as a gasoline blending component in the United Kingdom.
  • Congress warming to climate regulation - tackle thorny topic of caps on greenhouse-gas emissions

    04/04/2006 3:18:34 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 452+ views
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 04/04/2006 | Ian Hoffman
    In February last year, the chairman of the Senate energy committee sat down at Los Alamos National Laboratory for a private briefing on climate change. Was global warming real, Sen. Pete Domenici wanted to know. He turned for answers to a federal lab that he had gazed on admiringly since he was a boy. In a barrage of computer slides, Los Alamos scientists showed the 72-year-old Republican senator a planet tipping into uncertainty. Greenhouse gases were increasing in the atmosphere and the trapped solar radiation was boosting temperatures worldwide, with cascading impacts on natural and human welfare. Natural causes alone...
  • Storm rooms coming to a chain near you

    03/21/2006 1:44:58 PM PST · by finnman69 · 68 replies · 1,780+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/21/06 | Parija Bhatnagar
    NEW YORK ( - With red flags flying high for the 2006 hurricane season, consumers who are thinking about sprucing up their homes this year may be better off adding a lifesaving "storm room" instead of that fancy whirlpool. Chemical maker DuPont (Research), which invented such products as nylon, Teflon and the bullet-resistant Kevlar fiber, has been testing the market for pre-built storm rooms in the tornado-prone regions of Texas and Oklahoma for the past two years. DuPont says its 'storm room', made of bullet-resistant Kevlar, can provide protection against wind speeds of up to 250 miles an hour. The...
  • DuPont Looking to Displace Fossil Fuels as Building Blocks of Chemicals

    03/05/2006 12:36:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 752+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 28, 2006 | CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH
    Nestled away in a small room on DuPont's 150-acre research center in Wilmington, Del., robotic arms fill tiny tubes with gelatinous material that was extracted from corn and soybean plants. Other metallic arms will soon dip and measure and deconstruct each sample, spewing forth a list of its attributes and traits. Only a fistful — maybe one of every 50 — will move on to the fermentation lab, a few buildings away. There, researchers will see how the samples react to different mixtures of air, glucose and microbes. Down the hall, other researchers will tinker with the microbes themselves. All...
  • Panel: Teflon Chemical a Likely Carcinogen

    01/31/2006 3:13:13 PM PST · by presidio9 · 40 replies · 1,087+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon Jan 30, 2006 | RANDALL CHASE
    A chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a "likely" carcinogen, according to an independent scientific review panel advising the Environmental Protection Agency. The recommendation included in the panel's final draft report is consistent with its preliminary finding, which went beyond the EPA's own determination that there was only "suggestive evidence" from animal studies that perfluorooctanoic acid and its salts are potential human carcinogens. "The predominant panel view was that the descriptor 'likely to be carcinogenic' was more consistent with currently available data, while a few panel members reached the conclusion...
  • EPA Program Could Eliminate Teflon Chemical

    01/26/2006 5:40:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 966+ views ^ | Jan. 25, 2006 | NA
    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday a voluntary program whereby makers of Teflon and other non-stick, stain-resistant products would cut back emissions of a suspected carcinogen, a byproduct of the manufacturing process. The companies would agree to reduce emissions of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and slash its use in products by 95 percent by 2010, and then completely eliminate it by 2015. The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) said the move was significant, despite its voluntary nature and apparent lack of enforceability. "We want to commend the EPA for their leadership on...
  • Stocks Climb As Consumer Confidence Rises

    11/29/2005 8:54:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies · 555+ views
    AP ^ | Tuesday November 29, 11:31 am ET | Christopher Wang,
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street resumed its winning ways Tuesday after two new reports showed a jump in U.S. factory orders and a sharp rebound in consumer confidence. Stocks bounced back from Monday's losses after the Commerce Department said orders for big-ticket manufactured goods grew 3.4 percent in October, with increased demand for military aircraft and parts accounting for more than half of the $7.1 billion gain. Investors also found reassurance when the Conference Board said November consumer confidence rose 13.7 points to 98.9, besting economists' forecast for a reading of 90. A day earlier, the market languished as...

    10/22/2005 7:41:25 PM PDT · by freedom4me · 69 replies · 2,710+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-22-05 | Noel Sheppard
    There has been a lot of outrage in the media concerning the burning of a couple of dead, Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in early October. Yet, the Australian journalist who videotaped the proceedings, Stephen Dupont, stated in an interview on National Public Radio yesterday that he believed the bodies were burned purely for reasons of hygiene when the local villagers refused to retrieve them, and that the American soldiers didn't do anything wrong. Go to and follow the link to the NPR interview.
  • Army Investigates Burning Of Taliban Corpses In Afghanistan

    10/20/2005 5:57:38 AM PDT · by Hadean · 28 replies · 879+ views ^ | 10/20/2005 | Gil Kaufman
    The Army has launched a criminal investigation following allegations that U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan burned the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters and used the charred corpses in a propaganda campaign against insurgent forces. According to The New York Times, video shown on the Australian TV show "Dateline" on Wednesday night depicts what is described as an American psychological operations team broadcasting taunts over a loudspeaker in the direction of a village thought to be sheltering Taliban fighters in an attempt to lure the fighters out into the open. A transcript of the show posted on the Special Broadcasting Service...
  • Teflon Non-Stick Science

    09/07/2005 12:03:58 PM PDT · by WyethSwittenburg · 13 replies · 557+ views
    Health News Digest ^ | Aug 29, 2005 | Michael D. Shaw
    Teflon Nonstick Science When did every commercial product, including our most commonly used and inherently valuable forms of convenience, become a dire threat? According to some, particularly those with a political agenda that often deviates from science or provable fact, everything (or nearly everything) is a potential carcinogen, environmental hazard, or secretly destructive tool. Take, for example, the recently declared war against Teflon® (polytetrafluoroethylene). The product was discovered in DuPont's Jackson Laboratory in New Jersey in 1938, and introduced commercially in 1946. Teflon® is employed as a nonstick coating in kitchen utensils, clothing, carpeting, commercial flooring, food packaging, as well...
  • Teflon accusation doesn't stick

    07/22/2005 5:39:32 AM PDT · by Mary_Anne_Mitchell · 17 replies · 779+ views ^ | July 21, 2005 | Michael Fumento
    Teflon accusation doesn't stick Michael Fumento July 21, 2005 Two law firms filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday (July 19) on behalf of consumers regarding a chemical used to make Teflon called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The lawyers claim PFOA may be hazardous and want DuPont, Inc, the maker of Teflon, to pay $5 billion. If the suit pans out, whatever is left after attorneys’ fees would go to replace everyone’s cookware, impose a warning label on other Teflon products, and pay for medical monitoring and more research. "I don't have to prove that it causes cancer,” one of the slick...
  • The New Litigation Against Teflon Won't Stick

    07/19/2005 1:47:32 PM PDT · by Mary_Anne_Mitchell · 9 replies · 1,190+ views
    Health Facts and ^ | July 19, 2005 | Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H.
    Only in America: today, a group of Florida attorneys filed a $5 billion class action suit against DuPont claiming that the company has for decades failed to notify consumers of the health risks posed by "Teflon chemicals." The plaintiffs want DuPont to spend $5 billion to replace the cookware that is allegedly dangerous and provide medical monitoring for the plaintiffs who used the cookware. The suit also demands that Teflon-coated products in the future carry health warning labels. The suit charges that the "Teflon chemical" PFOA is a" carcinogen" -- defined here as a chemical that causes cancer in rodents....
  • EPA: Compound in Teflon may cause cancer

    07/01/2005 5:51:04 AM PDT · by bookworm100 · 94 replies · 3,036+ views ^ | June 29, 2005 | Tom Costello
    Teflon, and the products that contain PFOA, are everywhere — from pots and pans, to Gore-Tex jackets, carpet coatings, computer chips, engine fuel lines and even pizza boxes... The issue now before the EPA is whether a chemical that's become a part of everyday life is also a threat
  • To Replace Oil, U.S. Experts See Amber Waves of Plastic

    06/26/2005 10:07:37 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 13 replies · 998+ views
    Yahoo! (Times reporter) ^ | June 26th, 2005 | Stephanie Simon
    <p>BLAIR, Neb. — He operates 90,000 feet of hissing pipes and dozens of enormous churning vats — an industrial jungle with a single, remarkable purpose: "Essentially," plant manager Bill Suehr says, "we've got corn coming in at one end and plastic coming out the other."</p>