The real article worth reading in the PG

So yes, you may think I would most want to self reference this piece in the PG:  For Pittsburgh a future not reliant on steel was unthinkable … and unavoidable

But no, the more important thing to read is on the “Next Page” and the idea of bringing rapid transit to Cranberry. See: Go North. Light Rail. . . . → Read More: The real article worth reading in the PG

A Tale of Two Headlines

http://triblive.com/home/2618872-74/jobs-energy-report-industry-sector-fill-pennsylvania-percent-pittsburgh-region

and

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2012/09/18/1200-jobs-cut-as-coal-mines-idled.html

I was going to leave it at that, but what is one of the better written stories on the region’s economy  is remarkably written by a student.  In the Pitt News: Pittsburgh’s economic history forged in the steel mill

More on the travails of coal.  From West Virginia, but note . . . → Read More: A Tale of Two Headlines

The progress of steel

So here is a conversation I have been having lately that confuses me.  Lots of folks locally really think there has been a big surge in the steel industry recently right here in the Pittsburgh region. It really is a strong belief by some that hiring and employment are way up in the . . . → Read More: The progress of steel

сланцевый газ и металлургия США

A long time ago I was studying Russian and my Russian instructor had what I still think is one of the more insightful snippets of political wisdom.  He said (as I can remember): “In your country, economics determines politics; in my country politics determines the economy”.  And so it goes I guess.  Everyone seems . . . → Read More: сланцевый газ и металлургия США

Cleveburgh Steel

Remember when the steel industry rated local news?

The 24 hour news cycle can be brutal.  Just beyond greater Pittsburgh, but near the center mass of Cleveburgh is Trumbull County, Ohio… home to Warren, Ohio and part of the Mahoning Valley were these two stories recently:

24 hours ago the headline was:  Valley employment . . . → Read More: Cleveburgh Steel

Geordie Mark: Coal and Uranium Generate Heat

From fossil fuels to fission, growing global demand for power generation offers investment opportunities. Thermal coal is heating up and the uranium junior mining sector is set for development and a wave of consolidation. Geordie Mark, mining analyst with Haywood Securities in Vancouver, shares his thoughts in this exclusive Energy Report interview.

The . . . → Read More: Geordie Mark: Coal and Uranium Generate Heat

Geordie Mark: Iron Ore Still Strong

In an environment of declining steel prices, Geordie Mark, mining analyst with Haywood Securities in Vancouver, nonetheless believes that iron ore juniors are poised for a rebound. Read his reasons for optimism in this exclusive Gold Report interview.

The Gold Report: About 37% of the world’s population is in China and India, . . . → Read More: Geordie Mark: Iron Ore Still Strong

Helen O'Malley: The Manganese Market, a New Economic Growth Barometer?

Manganese’s many uses in infrastructure and building materials make its market a strong barometer for gauging the world economy. Soaring growth in countries like China and India has led to high global demand. In this exclusive interview for The Critical Metals Report, Helen O’Malley, a bulk manganese specialist with CRU International in London, . . . → Read More: Helen O’Malley: The Manganese Market, a New Economic Growth Barometer?