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The editors of The NEWS have something to say... and we want to hear back from you! Here's our take on the news of the day. What's yours?

Powell's Ponderings: What Rocket Crash Doesn't Mean

The fact that there was a need to launch a rocket to really make sure information about the negatives of CO2 emissions was really correct is yet another instance of “how factual are the facts” concerning climate change.
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Murphy's Law: HVAC Stimulus - Get It While It's Hot

Weatherproofing companies and others may be vying for those energy-efficiency tax credit benefits for customers. So HVAC contractors better get busy.
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Powell's Ponderings: Global Warming Blame

“Climate Warming Gases Rising Faster Than Expected” was the headline of an Associated Press story published in mid-February. It summarized a report from the Carnegie Institution for Science given at a Chicago conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Powell's Ponderings: Snow Woes

I think I know something about mechanical ice making. But I apparently don’t know much about mechanical snow making. Did you know it can get too cold to make snow artificially?
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Murphy's Law: NEWS in Fort Worth, Part 2

Upon arriving at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, expecting partly cloudy skies and 74°F weather, contractors attending the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) 41st Annual Convention and Indoor Air Expo were not too disappointed.
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Murphy's Law: The NEWS in Ft. Worth

Where does The NEWS go in the wintertime? Someplace warm, and as often as possible. I love the four seasons of the great white North, but there comes a time when a little warmth and sunshine does a body good.
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Powell's Ponderings: Reclaim Input Needed

A proposed rule by the EPA that would create about a 20 percent shortfall in supplies of R-22 as early as next year is stirring up even more calls for reclaim. So here’s the deal: I’m looking for feedback from you about your feelings on this whole reclaim issue.
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Five Tactics Your Competitors Are Using to Survive the 'New Normal'

I live and work in the rather sickly Detroit metropolitan market. Every time I drive by a flooring store, granite shop, plumbing showroom or contractor’s truck, I wonder how they are doing. What steps have they taken to cut costs? How long can they keep going if conditions don’t improve?
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Skaer-Tactics: In Praise of Geothermal Heat Pumps

More times than not this scenario occurs while attempting to relax on a plane. There’s always an inquisitive person sitting to the left (or right) who, after some small talk, wants to know what I do for a living.

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Murphy's Law: Unemployment Silver Lining

Yes, we all have heard that times are tough. For anyone who has lost a job, or who has had to lay people off, I know how you feel. Been there, done both.
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