President announces clean energy fund
The President committed to providing $2 billion over the next three years to this fund, which will increase and accelerate the deployment of all forms of cleaner, more efficient technologies to developing nations.
President Bush committed on Monday to provide $2 billion over the next three years for a new international clean energy technology fund, which herojects more financially attractive. President Bush first proposed the fund in September 2007 at the First Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change. See the White House fact sheets on the energy aspects of the State of the Union Address and on the September 2007 proposal.
To complement the new fund, the United States and the European Union submitted a joint proposal to the World Trade Organization in late November to eliminate barriers to clean energy and environmental services. Global trade in the goods covered by the proposal totaled $613 billion in 2006. According to the World Bank, that trade could increase by an additional 7% to 4% per year under the proposal. See the U.S. State Department press release .
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.