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Supreme Court Blocks Climate Rule For Power Plants
The Supreme Court has blocked President Obama's landmark climate rule for power plants, dealing a major blow to the president's climate agenda. In an order released Tuesday night, the court said it is placing a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants while industry and state lawsuits move forward.
The court granted the request in a 5-4 vote on Tuesday night, saying the rule was on hold until the circuit court reviews it and Supreme Court appeals are exhausted. The court’s four liberal justices dissented from the decision. The rule — the Clean Power Plan — is the main plank of Obama's climate change agenda. It’s designed to cut carbon pollution from the electricity sector by 32 percent over 2005 levels by 2030 by assigning states individual reduction targets based on their energy mix.
Land Pride Celebrates 30 Years
2016 marks 30 years in business for Land Pride, a Division of Great Plains Manufacturing Inc. Since beginning operations April 1, 1986, Land Pride has grown to employ hundreds of Kansans in communities across Central Kansas and produces some of the best-selling, most durable 3-point implements in the world. Land Pride is a leader in the landscape and light construction industry, as well as an industry-leading manufacturer of folding rotary cutters in 12-, 15-, and 20-foot in widths. As it approaches its 30th anniversary, Land Pride is also establishing itself as a major player in the manufacture of skid steer attachments.
The anniversary year celebration will kick off in Louisville, Ky., at the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show, February 10-13, and will coincide with Great Plains’ 40th anniversary. The Land Pride and Great Plains booths will highlight both anniversaries with special signage, co-branded displays, and over 50 implements occupying over 13,000 square feet.
New EEOC Rule Would Expand Reporting to Target Gender Pay Gap
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is proposing to expand employer reporting requirements to target what the Obama administration calls a stubborn and persistent gender pay gap.
Current rules require federal contractors and first-tier subcontractors with more than 50 employees and all companies with more than 100 employees to annually report the number of individuals they employ by job category, race, ethnicity and gender. The new rules, unveiled by President Obama on Jan. 29 and published in the Federal Register on Feb. 1, would require these employers to also report the number of hours employees work and how much they are paid.
Canadian Energy Companies Sell "Jewels" To Keep Oil Sands Afloat
Faced with record low prices for heavy crude, Canadian energy companies are sacrificing other parts of their business to keep higher-cost oil sands production going and safeguard the billions already invested in these multi-decade projects.
Companies including Husky Energy Inc, MEG Energy Corp and Pengrowth Energy Corp are selling assets or slowing light and conventional oil exploration and production, even as they forge ahead with oil sands projects that are in many cases bleeding money on every barrel.
Although the move to support higher-cost production seems counterintuitive, oil sands companies take a longer-term view that shutting plants in Alberta would be very expensive and risk permanently damaging carefully-engineered reservoirs, underground deposits of millions of barrels of tarry bitumen.
It is easier, and cheaper, to shut down and later restart conventional wells according to the Reuters news source.
Agriculture Manufacturers Discuss TPP with Canada's Parliamentary Secretary of Trade
Leah Olson, President of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC), participated in a constructive roundtable discussion regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade, David Lametti on January 21st in Regina.
The meeting in Regina was part of a series of national consultations. Olson welcomed the discussion, which explored issues that are important to short line agricultural equipment manufacturers and their success here at home and on the global stage.
At the meeting, Olson stated the TPP holds a great deal of potential for farmers and agricultural equipment manufacturers alike. She also lauded the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).
AED Foundation Report Says Skilled Worker Shortage Costs Billions
The U.S. heavy equipment distribution industry loses at least $2.4 billion each year as a result of dealers’ inability to find and retain technically skilled workers. The figure, based on an estimated nine percent of earnings foregone by American dealerships represented by AED, was included in a report released on Jan. 20 by The AED Foundation (AEDF).
The foundation, established in 1991 and directed by AED members, focuses on professional education and workforce development issues specific to the equipment distribution industry. AEDF commissioned a team of public policy researchers from the College of William and Mary to analyze the industry’s technician shortage based on a summer 2015 survey of AED’s members in North America.
“This report provides a window into the current state of our industry’s workforce,” AED President & CEO Brian McGuire said. “Distributors have known for far too long that finding the right people is tough and it’s getting tougher. A report like this tells policymakers this isn’t just an anecdotal or local problem, it’s a national crisis.”
Cyber Crime is Scary and Expensive
Federated Risk Management Corner
Business owners today understand the tremendous benefits of using the Internet, computers, and technology in their everyday operations. Unfortunately, all that technology can open the door to some very serious cyber threats. Every business that is “plugged in” is a target for criminals to steal, spy, and cause major disruption.
Cyber threats can be a major blow to a company’s financial and operational well-being. They can also expose businesses to non-criminal risks, such as privacy requirements, damage to technology assets, and liability for damages caused by inadvertent injury to others. These cyber risks can be just as severe as the typical property, liability, business auto, and workers compensation exposures. Read more...
EDA Offers Members Reduced Rate Legal Services
EDA has always offered a legal hotline to Members as a preliminary resource for those with legal questions. For Members with more extensive legal needs, however, EDA’s General Counsel is now available for hire to advise members at steeply discounted hourly rates on a number of issues. Read more.
EDA TO CO-HOST LEGISLATIVE FLY-IN IN WASHINGTON D.C.
There is Still Time to Register
On March 1 - 4, 2016 EDA will co-host a Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C. with the Iowa/Nebraska and Minnesota/South Dakota Equipment Dealers Associations. During this must attend event, Dealers will enjoy several social outings, attend informative presentations on timely legislative issues and then take their message to the Hill. Dealers wanting to attend the event should contact Natilie Higgins at email@example.com. The schedule for the event can be read here.
Obama Vetoes Anti-WOTUS Measure
President Obama delivered an expected veto on January 19th of a congressional resolution that would kill the administration's “Waters of the United States” rule redefining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. “Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny businesses and communities the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects that rely on clean water, I cannot support it,” Obama said in his veto message.
Republicans were unable to muster veto-proof, two-thirds majorities in either the House and Senate, but GOP leaders believe the measure will serve to highlight election-year differences between the parties. The WOTUS rule took effect last August, but courts have put it on hold nationwide while legal challenges are considered. The White House blocked Republicans from using the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill to ensure that the rule couldn't be enforced if the courts lift the stay.
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Equipment Dealer To Undergo Transformation
New magazine will debut this spring.
As a part of our ongoing effort to improve the value proposition for dealer members, the NAEDA Board of Directors recently decided to put Equipment Dealer magazine on a two- to three month hiatus while we work to expand the content and enhance the delivery of the publication. The “new and improved” magazine is a significant part of the associations’ ongoing communications initiative, which addresses our entire messaging platform – magazine, e-newsletter, web site, email and other key components.
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