Author Archives: Peter Spitz

U.S. Chemical Balance of Trade Will Turn Positive If New Administration Changes Tax Law

As an unreconstructed cheerleader for the petrochemical industry and its massive exports, it has always been annoying to me that our balance of trade is nevertheless negative due to our similarly massive import of pharmaceuticals. The line with dots represents the … Continue reading

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Fish drowning in plastic garbage!

Here is an interesting sequence from someone who has happily chronicled the amazing growth of petrochemicals over the past sixty years: (a) Dustin Hoffman learns about  “plastics” from a Dutch uncle upon graduation (b) Ethylene becomes the largest-growing petrochemical and … Continue reading

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Burning wood instead of coal?

This blog has frequently commented on the now controversial use of coal as a source of energy for power plants and other industrial energy uses. Since this became a “front-and-center” issue, a lot of research and plant-scale experimentation has gone into how … Continue reading

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New Analysis on Antarctica doubles sea level rise projections

Source: Google Images Continuing from my last post, I want to bring readers up to date on what many scientists now project for increases in global sea level rises caused by Greenhouse Gas emissions. Before getting to Antarctica, let’s look … Continue reading

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Surprised? Scientists knew about Greenhouse gases long ago

It was fascinating to learn that the concept of “global warming” (or cooling) by the presence (or absence) of certain gases in our atmosphere was discovered about two hundred years ago, as discussed in a recent article in Distillations, the … Continue reading

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Intelligent textiles: Another technology breakthrough

In my previous post I discussed how chemical companies are trying to cope with how technology is changing the workplace: the need to train insufficiently skilled/ educated workers to use the automated controls and robotics now increasingly used in plants that … Continue reading

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Chemical Manufacturing: Worker education a new priority

 First, the good news! The U.S., perhaps surprisingly to some, has now topped China in Manufacturing Competitiveness, according to a Deloitte study. The other news is not necessarily bad, but is worth noting. Jobs in manufacturing have been changing rapidly, … Continue reading

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