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South Korean firm invests in Fort Dodge, Iowa, but critics say Branstad still short on promises

By | 10.24.11 | 2:48 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

About 180 jobs are coming to the Fort Dodge area thanks to a $324 million investment from South Korean company CJ Cheiljedang, but a state senator says Gov. Terry Branstad is still way behind on his campaign promise to create 200,000 new jobs over five years.

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Troubled mine holds hope for U.S. rare earth industry

By | 10.25.10 | 6:00 am

In 1949, two geologists found what they suspected to be a massive uranium deposit in the desert of southeastern California, about an hour’s drive from Las Vegas. A cache of uranium would have been an incredibly lucrative find, but the geologists were disappointed when further testing revealed the area to More…

Obama Administration Says It Will Investigate China’s Green Tech Trade Policies

By | 10.15.10 | 11:58 am

The Obama administration announced today that it is launching an investigation into China’s green technology trade policies. The investigation is in response to a lengthy petition filed last month by the United Steelworkers.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said today that he would investigate the claims made in the petition More…

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In clean energy race with china, both countries come out ahead

By | 10.13.10 | 6:00 am

In a last-ditch effort to build support in the Senate for a comprehensive climate bill this July, President Obama told the White House press corps that a failure to pass the legislation could help cement China’s position as the world clean energy industry leader.

[Environment1] “We can’t stand by as More…

House Dems Announce Compromises on Renewable Electricity and Auto Allowances

By | 05.13.09 | 5:03 pm

The Democratic leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee just released the details of a compromise on the renewable electricity standard in the Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill. The original draft bill called for 25 percent of the country’s electricity to come from renewable sources like solar and More…

Secret Trade Pacts Have Broad Ability to Thwart U.S. Regulations

By | 04.02.09 | 1:00 pm

Ed Brayton’s excellent investigative piece today for TWI’s sister site, The Michigan Messenger, raises a larger issue about how trade agreements often undercut domestic regulation of toxic industries, without the public ever really knowing about it.

It’s an issue that’s gotten lots of attention in other countries, such as More…