In a much-anticipated and, in some quarters, dreaded move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 30 announced it might use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases. The same day, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced their version of a global-warming bill. Photo: American Electric Power Largest emitters of carbon dioxide, like powerplants, would be targeted. Related Links: Editorial: The Industry Should Get Behind Reasonable Greenhouse-Gas Bills Industry sources say they greatly prefer legislation to address global warming rather than a regulation, and the Clean Air Act
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.