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Josiah Bartlett Center - Bow Plant Saves Ratepayers Millions 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

When it costs more to heat your house, your electricity is cheaper. Actually there isn’t a direct correlation between the two but cold weather – and we’ve had plenty of it – drives both dynamics. One utility-owned power plant in New Hampshire is something of a political football but is currently saving ratepayers well over $100 million this year.

The electric market in New England is all about gas. The electric market is not state specific but regional and our region comprises the six New England states. Whether a power plant is in New Hampshire or Rhode Island is immaterial. Power is sold into a regional market which doesn’t care which state the plant is in.

The lion’s share of electricity in New England comes from natural gas so gas is said to set the price. Every resource bids into the market a price at which they are willing to supply a set amount of power. The sources are then “stacked” from least to highest bid until the power need is reached. All accepted providers then get that “clearing price” regardless of what their individual bids were. Gas generally sets the price as the last accepted bid....Click here to keep reading


ALG's Daily Grind - It is time to use debt ceiling to stop Obama IRS abuse


Feb. 11, 2014

It is time to use debt ceiling to stop Obama IRS abuse
Without the debt ceiling, House Republicans will be able to do nothing about pending IRS rules that are designed to eliminate tea party groups, while leaving Big Labor, trade associations, and groups like the Rockefeller Foundation unscathed. 

Cartoon: Heartfelt
CBO report: Obamacare takes aim at Americans' work ethic.

Infographic: North America sits on enormous natural gas reserves
This infographic from the Unconventional Oil & Gas Center highlights the growth of the natural gas sector of the last several years as well as potential for greatly expanded production in the future.

Woodhill: Unemployment data brutalize Krugman and Keynes
After long-term unemployment benefits after 27 weeks were allowed by Congress to lapse, "The total number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs shot up by 678,000, for the biggest one-month gain since April 2000. The number of long-term unemployed (27 weeks or more) declined by 232,000, or 6 percent5, in a single month."


CEI Today: Beer, natural gas, welfare, and Elizabeth Warren 

Monday, December 10, 2013
In the News Today


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Refresh Pa. beer laws; Pennsylvania’s outdated regulations hamstring brewers

For beer lovers in Pennsylvania, good news may be on the horizon. Laws on the books since the end of Prohibition that make it more difficult and expensive for brewers to get their product into consumers’ hands could go the way of the Edsel. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton
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National Journal: How Best Can We Use Natural Gas? Should We At All?

This gas is Dow's gas? America's Energy Advantage (AEA), a business coalition spearheaded by Dow Chemical, recently launched a petition campaign against "excessive" natural gas exports. More than 11,000 people have signed the petition, according to AEA's Web site. Their message: "Do Not Export Away Our Natural Gas Advantage!"

Oh the irony! AEA seeks to regulate away U.S. gas companies' first-mover advantage in the global marketplace.
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> Interview Marlo Lewis



Washington Post: How Australia’s minimum wage differs from America’s

Eugene Robinson [“An issue Democrats can win on,” op-ed, Dec. 7] argued that America’s minimum wage should be increased in part because it is lower than in some other countries, such as Australia. But the high Australian minimum wage that he cited is misleading, because it doesn’t apply to young workers, who disproportionately lose their jobs in response to minimum wage increases. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


Politico: Morning Money

The defenders of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign to ‘out’ banks that are donors to think tanks forget why the rule protecting anonymity was introduced in the first place. Racist groups would use donation lists to intimidate donors to civil rights groups in the old south, which is why the 1958 Supreme Court case NAACP v Alabama ruled that anonymous speech was protected.
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> Interview Iain Murray
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CEI Today: Double tax on credit union members, Dow Chemical v natural gas, and DC's new stadium 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
In the News Today

DOUBLE TAX ON CREDIT UNION MEMBERS - JOHN BERLAU Paul and Udall Push Bipartisan Credit Union Business Lending Regulatory Reform

Today, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is launching its “Don’t Tax Tuesday” in which credit unions and their supporters tweet members of Congress about not double taxing credit union members in the name of “tax reform.” Another group, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), is holding a “Congressional Caucus” this week in which leaders and members of credit unions meet with lawmakers about the impact of current and proposed taxes and regulations.

Much of credit union’s big government burden is the same as that as faced by banks through the 2,500 pages of the Dodd-Frank financial “reform” rammed through in 2010 and the unaccountable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau it created. Credit Unions have been vocal on how these regulations aimed at targeting Wall Street have been hitting Main Street.

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> Interview John Berlau

DOW CHEMICAL v NATURAL GAS EXPORTS - MARLO LEWIS America’s Energy Advantage Calls for Nat Gas Export Restrictions – Again. Why Now?


Today on Real Clear Politics, Jennifer Diggins, Public Affairs director for Nucor Energy and Chair of America’s Energy Advantage (AEA), urges the Department of Energy (DOE) to ’slow-track’ applications to export domestically-produced liquefied natural gas (LNG). Other AEA members include Eastman, Huntsman, Celanese, Alcoa, and, most prominently, Dow Chemical.  The question is one of timing. Why now?  > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

DC UNITED SOCCER STADIUM - TREY KOVACS D.C. Agrees to Costly Project Labor Agreement

On September 9, the office of Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the city will sign a Projects Labor Agreement for the construction of the new D.C. United soccer stadium. The estimated cost for the building is $300 million.

It is well-documented that Project Labor Agreements drive up costs, by some estimates up to 12 to 18 percent. This is because PLA’s subvert competitive bidding by forcing facility owners (normally government agencies) to enter into collective bargaining agreements.
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> Interview Trey Kovacs



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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
In the News Today


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


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.
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> Interview RJ Smith


PUBLIC PENSION SHORTFALL - IVAN OSORIO 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.
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> 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







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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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