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  • What's behind China's cheap steel exports?

    04/25/2016 12:33:00 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 April 2016 | Andreas Illmer
    Cheap steel from China has been blamed for distorting global markets and putting other countries' steelmakers under pressure. How have we got here and why does it all matter? China's steel industry - what's the problem? Chinese steel production has expanded hugely. Over the past 25 years, output has grown more than 12-fold. By comparison, the EU's output fell by 12% while the US's remained largely flat. The drive behind that stellar increase has been China's double-digit economic growth over the past decades. That led to ever more domestic demand for steel and the government invested heavily in the industry...
  • Secret Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans!

    05/23/2015 11:44:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 73 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.
  • California's Imported Oil Problem

    04/27/2015 5:24:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/26/2015
    California is the most critical state in the country, with 38.2 million people and a GDP of $2.3 trillion, equal to Texas and Pennsylvania output combined. Depending on your perspective I guess, California has become famous/infamous for its progressive energy policies. California is our “clean energy” capital, with cap-and-trade, the most alternative fuel vehicles, unmatched efficiency laws, and a 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard for electricity by 2020. Yet, electricity (+40%) and gasoline (+$1.00) prices in the Golden State are well above the U.S. average, and oil and natural gas are still easily the state’s leading sources of energy. Stringent regulations...
  • George Will: The Export-Import Bank's grip

    03/13/2015 6:15:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    NEWSOK ^ | 3-12-15 | George Will
    WASHINGTON — Conservatives’ next disappointment will at least be a validation. The coming reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank will confirm their warnings about the difficulty of prying the government’s tentacles off what should be society’s private sphere. The bank, which exists to allocate credit by criteria other than the market’s preference for efficiency, mirrors the market-distorting policies of foreign governments. These policies favor those countries’ exports that compete with America’s. Much of what the bank does is supposedly to “level the playing field.” When Fred P. Hochberg, the bank’s chairman and president, defends it, an old joke comes to mind:...
  • EIA releases new online tool to track crude oil imports

    11/21/2014 5:19:22 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA's recently released U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool, designed to analyze crude oil imports in response to growing domestic production, allows users to sort and display imports by month or year, density (i.e., light, medium, heavy), country of origin, port of entry, processing company, processing refinery, and more. The tool features graphing and mapping capabilities and a built-in help function. Recent and anticipated increases in domestic crude production have sparked discussion about how rising crude oil volumes will be absorbed. To date, increased production has displaced some imported crude oil, which has fallen from 8.9 million barrels per day...
  • Let the Ex-Im Bank Expire

    07/10/2014 7:05:48 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 2 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 7/10/2014 | Ken Cuccinelli II
    Fellow Conservatives: Senate Democrats plan to bring up legislation later this month that will give new life to a corporate welfare program called the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank is a loan guarantee program that forces American taxpayers to subsidize foreign companies. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports the bank will cost taxpayers $2 billion. That’s two BILLION dollars of your money being spent to pick winners and losers. It's cronyism at its worst. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Ex-Im Bank "removed four officials in recent months amid investigations into allegations of gifts and kickbacks, as well as...
  • Rep. Fleischmann wages assault on military weapons ban

    05/17/2014 9:36:19 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 4 replies
    Knoxnews ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael Collins
    ~snip~ For months, Fleischmann has been waging a mostly behind-the-scenes assault against an order President Barack Obama put in place last fall barring private groups or individuals from bringing most military surplus firearms back into the United States after they have been sold or donated to foreign allies.~snip~ Fleischmann has inserted language into a federal budget bill that, if approved, would in effect halt the order by preventing the administration from spending any federal money to enforce it.

    04/03/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    rxrights ^ | april 03,2014 | rxrights
    There are a number of obstacles Americans will face this year related to access to affordable medicine. One of the most troublesome involves Section 708, a portion of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187) passed in 2012. Section 708 requires the Secretary of Health Human Services (HHS) to establish rules regarding the seizure and destruction of imported medicines valued at $2500 or less. The proposed rules are set to be released on April 18. A minimum of 60 days review and comment period will follow. During this time, RxRights intends to mobilize our 75,000 members to respond on...
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • Extending the Term of Ammunition & Firearms Import Permits

    02/07/2012 6:59:44 PM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 7 February, 2012 | DOJ
    Washington, DC --( Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – The Department of Justice is proposing to amend the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to extend the term of import permits for firearms, ammunition, and defense articles from 1 year to 2 years. The additional time will allow importers sufficient time to complete the importation of the authorized commodity. In addition, it will eliminate the need for the importer to submit a new import application, ATF Form 6, where the importation was not completed within the 1-year period. Extending the term of import permits will result...
  • Blocked funding for ATF's planned shotgun import ban already paying dividends

    01/26/2012 12:57:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 January, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Last November, the "Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science and Transportation/Housing/Urban Development Appropriations bills" omnnibus was signed into law. One provision of that law blocks funding for a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) plan to ban the importation of certain shotguns, based on their not being sufficiently suited to "sporting purposes." From SEC. 541. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to deny, or fail to act on, an application for the importation of any model of shotgun if– (1) all other requirements of...
  • Import prices up 0.3% in September

    10/14/2011 6:05:10 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 3 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.14.11 | Steve Goldstein
    ...Prices rose 0.3% in September, while economists polled by MarketWatch had anticipated a 0.4% drop...
  • Trade deficit steady at $45.6 billion in August

    10/13/2011 5:54:35 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 5 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.13.11 | Greg Robb
    The nation’s trade deficit held steady at $45.6 billion in August from the prior month, the Commerce Department said. The trade gap in July was revised up from the initial estimate of $44.8 billion. The deficit in August was close to the consensus of analysts surveyed by MarketWatch.
  • U.S. import prices dip 0.4% in August

    09/13/2011 6:55:53 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.13.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    The cost of U.S. imports dropped 0.4% in August...Imports excluding fuel rose 0.2% last month...Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast import prices to fall 1.0%.
  • U.S. trade gap shrinks to $44.8 billion in July

    09/08/2011 5:53:48 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.8.11 | Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The trade deficit the United States runs with the rest of the world shrank in July, according to data released Thursday, as record exports helped offset the biggest trade gap with China in 10 months. The Commerce Department said the trade deficit narrowed to a seasonally adjusted $44.8 billion in July from $51.6 billion in June, a decline of 13.1% — the largest percentage decline since February 2009. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a $51 billion deficit.
  • U.S. May trade gap widens to $50.2 billion: Deficit driven by higher oil imports

    07/12/2011 6:42:36 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 4 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 7.12.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped 15.1% in May to the highest level in almost three years, largely because of the increased cost of oil imports. The trade gap widened to a seasonally adjusted $50.2 billion from $43.6 billion in April, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the biggest monthly deficit since October 2008. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch forecast the trade deficit to rise to $44.5 billion.
  • Japan quake trims U.S. trade gap in April

    06/09/2011 6:41:52 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6.8.11 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed sharply in April as imports from Japan were curtailed due to the earthquake, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The nation’s trade deficit narrowed 6.7% in April to $43.7 billion from a revised $46.8 billion in March, the Commerce Department said.
  • U.S. trade deficit hits 9-month high in March

    05/11/2011 6:07:07 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 10 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 5.11.10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. trade deficit widened sharply in March to the highest level in nine months despite a new record high for exports of goods and services, government data showed Wednesday. The trade deficit — that is, the difference between exports and imports — widened to $48.2 billion for the month from a downwardly revised $45.4 billion in February, originally reported as $45.8 billion. Imports of goods and services rose by 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted $220.8 billion during March, while exports rose 4.6% to $172.7 billion, the Commerce Department estimated. This was the biggest one-month jump in...
  • Australia: How the sale of Australian police guns threatens public health in the USA(Barf Alert)

    04/21/2011 5:29:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | 14 April, 2011 | Melissa Sweet
    Should Australia be contributing to the gun toll in the USA? It’s a timely question for the Defence Export Control Office in the Department of Defence in Canberra, says Adjunct Associate Professor Philip Alpers, of at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Philip Alpers writes: If Canberra follows precedent, around 10,000 surplus Australian police firearms will soon be for sale in pawn shops and gun shops across the United States. To save cash, police forces in South Australia and Victoria have signed contracts with US arms dealers to export thousands of surplus Smith & Wesson .357-calibre...
  • China’s Hunger Fuels Exports in Remote Russia

    06/10/2010 8:09:47 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 5 replies · 346+ views
    NYT ^ | June 9, 2010 | Andrew E. Cramer
    BIROBIDZHAN, Russia — The Kimkan open pit mine in Siberia is a muddy square mile surrounded by birch and cedar forests so vast they seem to stretch to the ends of the earth. As with many places in Siberia, it is nearly impossible to drive here. Yet just under the surface, Russian geologists say, lies enough iron ore to build hundreds of millions of cars. That is why Chinese government officials and business executives are interested, despite a decades-old legacy of bilateral distrust along this stretch of Russia-China borderland. This year, a delegation from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of...
  • Remarks by the President at the Export-Import Bank's Annual Conference

    03/13/2010 4:20:41 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 274+ views ^ | March 11, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 11, 2010 Remarks by the President at the Export-Import Bank's Annual Conference Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. 11:30 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. And thank you, John, for that generous introduction. Congratulations to you and Fabienne and Luis for the recognition your companies so richly deserve. And thank you to the Chairman of the Export-Import Bank, Fred Hochberg, for having me here today, and for all the important work the...
  • US seeks to rally Arabs against Iran's nuclear project

    02/15/2010 10:40:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 295+ views ^ | 1/16/2010 |
    President Barack Obama has launched a wave of high-stakes US diplomacy in the Middle East as Washington seeks to ratchet up pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. Obama has enlisted his top deputies in the diplomatic drive to isolate Tehran and impose stricter sanctions on the regime, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, chief military officer Admiral Mike Mullen and senior diplomats travelling to the region this week and Vice President Joe Biden due next month. Clinton signaled the administration's tougher tone during a visit to the Gulf, warning on Monday that Iran was turning into a “military dictatorship”...

    12/26/2009 9:47:52 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 76 replies · 2,105+ views
    self | DECEMBER 27, 2009 | swampsniper
    I've been ordering my most expensive prescriptions from Canada, I pay cash, at a very considerable savings. The cost difference is great enough to affect my overall standard of living, the choice between just getting by or having a basic life. I was expecting trouble with the passage of Obamacare, he promised big pharma that imports would be ended, but I didn't expect it so soon. If customs refuses an order I'll still be stuck paying for it. I don't know how the medicare copay will compare to what I've been paying, I guess I'm about to find out. The...
  • China's rise as the world largest exporter

    08/26/2009 7:02:14 AM PDT · by buzzer · 3 replies · 298+ views
    China Daily ^ | August 26, 2009 | unknown
    China's rise as the world largest exporter, though significant, does not mean Chinese exports will be of as high a quality as Germany's goods, experts said. The Chinese government should seriously consider ways to improve the quality of goods for export and create more value-added products to strengthen its competitiveness, they said. For the first time, China took the lead as the world's export champion, surpassing Germany by a minimal amount in the first half of the year. A report released yesterday by the World Trade Organization (WTO) shows that from January to June, China exported goods worth $521.7 billion....
  • Don’t Believe The Pundits On This Being China’s Century

    07/07/2009 3:45:33 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies · 580+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-07-09 | James Raider
    While countries struggle, muddling their way through stimulus packages and bailouts, China is being touted as everything from, “the best current place to invest,” to being, “the engine that will pull the globe out of its recession.” These entreaties and prognostications are sprinkled with reminders of the power it wields over America, given the huge dollar reserves that it holds. If I may quote Tony Soprano, “forget about it.”China has asked rather politely, that the U.S. maintain its creditworthiness. No kidding? That plea was less a wish that the U.S. not skip town on its debt (devalue the dollar dramatically),...
  • Obama Stabs UAW in the Back

    05/14/2009 1:56:29 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 12 replies · 802+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | May 14, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    The new CEO of General Motors, Barack Obama, is union-man through and through. After all, he took over GM and Chrysler by screwing the creditors (at least Chrysler's creditors, so far) and gave the companies to the unions. Now everything is peachy keen, right? No so much. General Motors has manufacturing plants all over the world, precisely because labor is cheaper in places like Mexico and China. Not having to pay confiscatory American union wages enables the company to produce, wait for it . . . cheaper cars. But GM is right behind Chrysler in bankruptcy court and they need...
  • State Department Floating Ammo Import Ban

    02/18/2009 9:41:49 AM PST · by Greystoke · 50 replies · 3,166+ views
    Virginia Shooting Sports Association ^ | Friday, February 13, 2009 | VSSA President
    Ammos listed for this rumored ban include the .50BMG, 7.62x39mm Soviet, 7.62x51mm NATO, .308 Winchester, 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington. Additionally, we're hearing that an expansion of this proposed ban might be broadened to include the 6.8mm SPC, 9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP- among others. In other words, State Department officials may be floating a trial balloon to see if there are howls of protest, or whimpers of compliance. Canadian elected officials who have directed this information to me say the move seems to be motivated by "emboldened" anti-gun officials who think they have a kindred spirit in...
  • U.S. beef imports to Korea rise 127%

    02/15/2009 9:34:35 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 443+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 02/16/09 | Lee Ho-jeong
    U.S. beef imports to Korea rise 127% February 16, 2009 Korea was the fourth largest importer of U.S. beef in the world last year, according to report by the U.S. Meat Export Federation released Saturday. This is a rapid climb in ranks considering that imports of U.S. beef to this country started only in late June last year. In the last six months, Korea has shipped in 57,267 tons of U.S. beef. By import volume, this is a 128 percent surge on total beef imports in 2007. Korea banned U.S. beef from entering the country in 2003 after an outbreak...
  • Biden backs off Geithner on China

    01/30/2009 6:59:27 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 17 replies · 939+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/29/09 | CAROL E. LEE
    The Obama administration backed off Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s statement last week that China is “manipulating” its currency. In an interview with CNBC on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden said the administration has made “no judgment” on whether the Chinese have manipulated their currency, an accusation that would have international legal ramifications. “The policy of this administration is going to be to say to China, which occasionally the last administration was reluctant to do. `You're a major player on the world scene economically, and you've got to play by the rules that
  • Roman Catholic Church imports more priests

    12/29/2008 10:06:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 95 replies · 1,067+ views
    UPI ^ | Dec. 28 2008
    OWENSBORO, Ky., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Church says one in six diocesan priests now serving in the United States is from another country. An estimated 300 priests from abroad arrive annually to work in the United States while about one third of the men studying in Catholic seminaries in the United States are foreign-born, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) reported Sunday. "If we didn't get international priests, some of our guys would have had five parishes" to oversee, said the Rev. Darrell Venters, who in the last six years has brought 12 priests from Africa, Asia and...
  • Mexico suspends purchases from 30 meat plants[From 14 US States]

    12/26/2008 11:50:41 AM PST · by BGHater · 53 replies · 1,724+ views
    AP ^ | 26 Dec 2008 | AP
    Mexico suspends meat imports from plants in 14 states, apparently in response to labeling law Mexico suspended meat imports from 30 processing plants in 14 states, including some of the nation's largest, on Wednesday and Friday, according to a list posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site The action pushed down beef and pork futures in trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Friday. Among the plants listed on the site are the Smithfield Packing Inc. plant in Tarheel, N.C., the world's largest pork slaughterhouse. Another Smithfield plant in Plant City, Fla., that processes pork, beef and poultry is...
  • UK P2P user? Hope you like US prison food (The RIAA can now sue for $30,000 PER SONG!!!)

    06/11/2008 4:15:32 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 79 replies · 435+ views
    ZDNet ^ | 6/11/08 | Rupert Goodwins
    This is one of the most frightening things I've learned in a long time. Over in the US, a bill has passed the House of Representatives and is heading to Congress – with a huge amount of support. The PRO-IP bill, H.R.4279, significantly increases the state's power to detect and prosecute IP infringement, carrying with it a whole host of new law enforcement positions and capabilities. It establishes an IP Czar, someone with the job of overseeing zealous action on behalf of copyright and trademark owners, and includes such powers as the ability to seize equipment if it contains just...
  • Firms Accused of Toxic Toothpaste Import

    03/06/2008 9:13:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies · 99+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday March 6, 11:53 pm ET | Jacob Adelman,
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Criminal charges have been filed against a company that prosecutors say imported and distributed nearly 90,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing a poisonous substance and a wholesaler that supplied local stores with the tubes, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced Thursday. Selective Imports Corp. sold the toothpaste containing diethylene glycol to distributors nationwide between December 2005 and May 2007, prosecutors said. Vernon Sales Inc. is accused of buying some of the tubes and reselling them to Los Angeles stores. Diethylene glycol is a chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent. Chinese manufacturers have used the chemical,...
  • China: Increasing soybean imports trigger off worries about China's grain security

    03/06/2008 2:33:06 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 576+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 03/06/08
    Increasing soybean imports trigger off worries about China's grain security 2008-03-06 16:53:53 Print Special Report: NPC, CPPCC Annual Sessions 2008 BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planning agency, has decided to prolong implementation of interim import duty on soybeans from March 31 to September 30, a NDRC source confirmed Thursday. To reduce the cost of soybean imports and curb price rises for grain on the domestic market, on Oct. 1, 2007 China slashed import duty on soybeans from three percent to one percent. The country's consumer price index, a barometer...
  • How Much of a Rate Cut? [Or, "Who's Running This Economy?"]

    12/08/2007 6:56:53 PM PST · by familyop · 2 replies · 102+ views
    New York Times ^ | 09DEC07 | CONRAD DE AENLLE
    Komal Sri-Kumar, chief global strategist at the TCW Group, a Los Angeles fund management firm, expects a quarter-point cut when Fed policy makers meet Tuesday. That would be best for the economy and stock prices, he says...“If there is no change, then the stock market tumbles,” he said. A half-point cut may prompt a relief rally in stocks, he said, although it may also ensure that “the dollar will take one more tumble.” That could force the Fed to start raising rates later to defend the long-enfeebled currency...“The Fed will have to walk a narrow walk and cut rates by...
  • Oil giants to boost supply

    11/21/2007 1:21:15 AM PST · by familyop · 13 replies · 165+ views
    China Daily ^ | 21NOV07 | China Daily
    China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the nation's largest oil company, yesterday announced it would import 100,000 tons of diesel this month to stabilize domestic supplies. The first shipment of 35,000 tons arrived in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, on November 17. Two more would be delivered within the month, the company said on its website. In order to further stabilize the supply of refined oil products, especially diesel, CNPC will "take several measures to increase the manufacturing and supply". The company is running its refining units at full capacity and processing more crude oil than planned, according to its website....
  • China province eyes libel suit on Mattel

    11/06/2007 6:00:37 AM PST · by driftdiver · 18 replies · 228+ views
    AFP ^ | Nov 5, 2007 | AFP
    A Chinese province is likely to join a planned libel suit against US giant Mattel, accusing the toy maker of harming the region's reputation, state press said Tuesday. The government of Guangdong province is considering the suit after Mattel issued a safety recall on more than 21 million Chinese-made toys this summer, but later apologised saying 85 percent of the recall was due to its own design flaws, the China Daily said. "The incident has stained the reputation of Chinese toy manufacturers and made a large number of toy factories in Guangdong lose a great deal of money," it quoted...
  • FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Toothpaste From China (Another Friday Document Dump!)

    06/01/2007 1:25:17 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 50 replies · 2,849+ views
    FDA Import Alert ^ | Friday June 1, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China, and issued an import alert to prevent toothpaste containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the United States. DEG is used in antifreeze and as a solvent. Consumers should examine toothpaste products for labeling that says the product is made in China. Out of an abundance of caution, FDA suggests that consumers throw away toothpaste with that labeling. FDA is concerned that these products may contain "diethylene glycol," also known as "diglycol" or "diglycol stearate." ... FDA...
  • Senate blocks effort to allow drug imports

    05/08/2007 8:02:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 539+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 8, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Senate sidetracked a controversial amendment Monday that would have let Americans buy prescription medication from foreign suppliers, a move that cleared the way for action on an overhaul of the government's drug safety system. The drug import amendment, which was tacked onto the Food and Drug Administration overhaul legislation, could save consumers billions of dollars, its sponsors said. But the pharmaceutical industry argued that the provision could flood the market with counterfeit medications, and the White House threatened to veto a bill that eased import restrictions. That put Democrats, the Senate majority, in a bind: Though many support drug...
  • China's imports of crude oil up 15.3 pct in first eight months

    10/03/2006 11:35:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 331+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 10/04/06
    China's imports of crude oil up 15.3 pct in first eight months 2006-10-04 09:28:44 BEIJING, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- China imported 95.80 million tons of crude oil in the first eight months, up 15.3 percent over the same period of last year, according to sources with the State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC). Data released by the Bureau of Economic Operations of the SDRC show that China produced 122.93 million tons of crude oil in the first eight months with a year-on-year growth of 1.8 percent. A total of 199.15 million tons of crude oil were refined in the...
  • U.S. Imports by Country of Origin

    09/28/2006 7:34:50 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 6 replies · 1,117+ views
    Energy Information Administration (EIA) ^ | 09-28-2006 | Energy Information Administration (EIA)
    Interesting stats on oil imports by country. Note that we import more from non-OPEC countries than OPEC countries.
  • China May Import 60 Billion Kwh of Russian Electricity By 2020

    09/24/2006 3:29:54 PM PDT · by jdm · 4 replies · 387+ views
    Energy Central ^ | Sept 24, 2006 | Daily News Bulletin; Moscow
    China is ready to increase imports of electricity from Russia to 60 billion kWh by 2020, Nikolai Voropai, director of the Melentiev Energy System Institute, said. At the request of Unified Energy System of Russia the institute and a number of other scientific institutions carried out an evaluation of the possibilities in Siberia and the Far East to export electricity to China, he said at an energy roundtable as part of the IV Baikal Economic Forum. In 2008 China may increase consumption of Russian electricity to 10 billion kWh, by 2010 - to 20 billion-22 billion kWh, and by 2012...
  • Ag Dept Imports China Chickens

    06/26/2006 2:37:06 PM PDT · by pubwvj · 1 replies · 451+ views ^ | 2006-01-28 | Walter Jeffries
    While the USDA foists the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) on American consumers, farmers and livestock* the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing importing chickens from China. Yes, that's right. Is that crazy enough? They want to tag and track all animals in the USA to prevent disease' and then import poultry from China where Avian Bird Flu (H5N1) has been killing millions of birds as well as some people. Wait a minute?!? Wasn't one of the justifications for NAIS to stop the spread of Avian Bird Flu??? Not only that, but the USDA wants to ship poultry to...
  • California's Limited Energy Supply Options Highlight U.S. Oil Import Dependence

    06/22/2006 12:19:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 354+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/22/06 | Tarek El-Tablawy
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Just two Arab countries have supplied almost 50 percent of California's imported oil over the past five years, a dependence that leaves the state more vulnerable than the rest of the country to disruptions in the world oil markets. The finding, based on an analysis of state and federal crude oil import statistics, underscores the challenges confronting both California -- the biggest gas-consuming state in the U.S. -- and the country as a whole as lawmakers grapple with consumer outrage over high prices at the pump and a U.S. deficit that has widened on the back...
  • Iran would 'use nuclear defense' if threatened

    06/15/2006 2:44:22 PM PDT · by familyop · 23 replies · 795+ views
    Associated Press by way of Jerusalem Post ^ | 15JUN06 | Associated Press
    Iran's defense minister on Thursday vowed that his country would "use nuclear defense as a potential" if "threatened by any power." Speaking following a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Hassan Ali Turkmani in Teheran on Thursday, Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar emphasized that Iran "should be ready for confronting all kinds of threats." Teheran has denied accusations by the US and its allies that Iran was seeking uranium enrichment technologies in order to develop nuclear weapons, saying its program was only meant to generate electricity. Meanwhile, Turkmani told reporters that Syria and Iran's "policy is the policy of strengthening...
  • (Vanity) Corrected Political Limerick 03-26-2006

    03/26/2006 8:43:00 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 322+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-26-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. The Feds are now set to announce on Cross-border drugs they will pounce not drugs from señors but those for seniors will Viagra get street-sold by the ounce?
  • US steps up seizures of imported drugs

    03/26/2006 8:04:50 PM PST · by A. Pole · 61 replies · 1,015+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2006 | Christopher Rowland
    Thousands of Americans who order prescription drugs from Canada have received written notice that their medications have been seized, part of a US government crackdown on the cross-border discount trade. The increase in seizures and the strong legal warnings issued to consumers mark a shift in policy for the Bush administration, which until now has rarely acted against individuals who buy drugs from Canada. [...] Nancy Popkin, a Salem resident who has been ordering the osteoporosis treatment Fosamax from Canadian pharmacies for years, was one of those recently targeted. [...] The notice, from the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs...
  • How to beat US trade barriers

    03/22/2006 3:29:39 AM PST · by IrishMike · 17 replies · 1,075+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 03-22-2006 | Bill Guerin
    JAKARTA - The illicit movement of shoes, shrimp and garments that have been repackaged, re-labeled and re-exported after being shipped to Indonesia has established the country as a new regional hub for such activities involving Asian goods - particularly from China - destined for US shores. Historically Hong Kong's domain, with the ease that Asian exporters can obtain fake certificates of origin and an apparent official willingness to look the other way, Indonesian laxity has encouraged a massive tide of such illegal transshipments to the US. Those growing illegal trade flows, also known as re-exporting, are undermining the protectionist quotas...
  • China gas supplies to end Russia's European dependence - experts

    03/21/2006 1:44:42 PM PST · by A. Pole · 3 replies · 297+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | March 21, 2006
    MOSCOW, March 21 (RIA Novosti) - Russian natural gas supplies to China will help Russia end its dependence on European markets, several prominent political scientists said Tuesday after the two countries' energy giants signed a memorandum. Alexei Miller, the chief executive of Russian energy giant Gazprom, and China National Petroleum Corporation head Chen Gang put pen to paper in Beijing, where President Vladimir Putin had earlier arrived on a two-day visit. Gas exports to China will come from West Siberia during the first stage of the project to build a gas pipeline system to meet the energy-consuming giant's needs and...
  • When Americans No Longer Own America

    03/01/2006 3:05:18 PM PST · by A. Pole · 149 replies · 2,234+ views
    OpEdNews ^ | February 27, 2006 | Thom Hartmann
    The Dubai Ports World deal is waking Americans up to a painful reality [...] we've abandoned the principles of tariff-based trade that built American industry and kept us strong for over 200 years. The old concept was that if there was a dollar's worth of labor in a pair of shoes made in the USA, and somebody wanted to import shoes from China where there may only be ten cents worth of labor in those shoes, we'd level the playing field for labor by putting a 90-cent import tariff on each pair of shoes. Companies could choose to make their...