“Determining the Carbon Footprint of Wood” (PCA R&D 3287) is a valuable work based on Portland Cement Association-sponsored research. The timely report tracks trees and forests’ carbon dioxide-sequestering capacity, one of the value propositions wood building product interests channel to green-building practitioners; paints rationale for the wood industry to document carbon accounting methods transparently, especially when product is not sourced from a sustainably managed forest; and, helps cast-in-place concrete, precast and masonry construction practitioners respond to competitors’ claims of environmental mettle.
By Don Marsh
Colombia-based Argos S.A. demonstrates in its latest investment the credit facilities and drive to build multiple U.S. cement and concrete platforms, perhaps competing for acquisitions with expansion-minded peers on the order of Oldcastle Materials and Summit Materials.
Competitive Enterprise Institute Fellow Bill Frezza classifies capitalists by tactics and wealth sources: Crony Capitalists obtain riches through government favors, exhibit “willingness to use the coercive powers of government to gain an advantage they could not earn in the market,” and are “happy to help themselves to money from the public treasury [through] subsidies that flow directly into their coffers.” By contrast, Market Capitalists satisfy “willing customers through free exchange,” risk “their own money to earn their own rewards,” and “meet their rival[s] in open competition, may the best products win.”
By Don Marsh
An Associated Builders & Contractors-led lawsuit filed last month adds perspective to the curious Occupational Safety and Health Administration case noted here in April, where United States Steel Corp. found itself on the defensive for a zero tolerance policy on delayed workplace injury reporting. The ABC action spotlights anti-retaliation measures the agency applied to the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker.
Portland Cement Association’s European counterpart adds valuable perspective to a cement production and climate change dialog, responding to critics of member companies’ European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) participation.