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CEI Today: Dow Chemical targets natural gas, federal control of land, and a $4 trillion public pension shortfall 

Thursday, September 5, 2013
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DOW CHEMICAL - MARLO LEWIS

Free-Market Group Sings Out Against Dow Anti-Gas Export Campaign

Dow Chemical has launched an aggressive campaign to get federal regulators to interfere with natural gas exports. In response, the Competitive Enterprise Institute today released a new song and video ridiculing the company for the maneuver: “This Gas Is Dow’s Gas,” based on the tune of a famous Woody Guthrie song. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

FEDERAL CONTROL OF LAND - RJ SMITH

American Spectator: An Environmentalist Deception


The federal government’s ever-growing control over and continuous acquisition of land across America is the antithesis of the institution of private property and undermines conscientious private stewardship of land, waters, and other natural resources. Every day, we see the results of a century of mismanagement of government-owned forests. Failure to harvest timber allows the forests to become overgrown and filled with overstressed, diseased, beetle-ridden, dying, and dead trees—leading to millions of acres scorched by catastrophic wildfires every summer, year after year.
> Read more

> Interview RJ Smith

 

PUBLIC PENSION SHORTFALL - IVAN OSORIO

Openmarket.org: New Estimate: Public Pensions Underfunded by $4.1 Trillion


One of the challenges in addressing the underfunding of public pensions is determining how big the funding gaps are. Estimates vary because of disagreement over accounting methods. State pension actuaries ...low-ball their future pension obligations. Now a new State Budget Solutions (SBS) report goes some way toward clarifying the picture. The report ... estimates the nation’s state-level defined benefit pension plans to be underfunded by $4.1 trillion, with a funding ratio of only 39 percent — well below the 73 percent shown through official reporting.
> Read more

> Interview Ivan Osorio


Ronald Coase Was The Greatest Of The Many Great University Of Chicago Economists

 

Perhaps Coase’s greatest contribution was his understanding that wealth creation stemmed from the voluntary exchange agreements of two or more parties, but that such agreements were often blocked by transaction costs.

> Read the Forbes commentary by Fred L. Smith, Jr.

> Watch Smith's interview with Ronald Coase

 

CEI AT CPAC! SEPT. 28

 

    

 

 

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SEPTEMBER 9

Consequences of Net Neutrality

In 2010, the FCC issued regulations to implement net neutrality. The resulting legal challenge is about to hit the D.C. Circuit Court. CEI's Wayne Crews explains why net neutrality policies would hamper innovation and reduce competition in high-tech infrastructure. > Listen to the podcast

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