MAURICE Taylor might want to postpone indefinitely his next trip to Paris. Taylor is CEO of Titan International, a U.S. tire company, whose brands include Goodyear.
Taylor wrote to French Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg, bluntly telling him Titan has no interest in rescuing a French tire factory.
"The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours," Taylor wrote.
"They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that's the French way!"
Instead, Taylor plans to make tires in China or India for sale in France.
Publication of Taylor's letter prompted indignation from liberal French newspapers. What should shake people up is the loss of any sense that one has to actually earn wages.
LIANG-SHIH Fan, professor of chemical and bio-molecular engineering and director of Ohio State's Clean Coal Research Laboratory, announced a breakthrough that could eliminate 99 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-powered electric plants.
"In the simplest sense, combustion is a chemical reaction that consumes oxygen and produces heat," he said. "Unfortunately, it also produces carbon dioxide, which is difficult to capture and bad for the environment.
"So we found a way to release the heat without burning.
"We carefully control the chemical reaction so that the coal never burns. It is consumed chemically, and the carbon dioxide is entirely contained inside the reactor."
Were this technology to prove feasible, West Virginia's economy would get a boost equal to the introduction of hydraulic fracturing.