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    President Obama Should Lift Ban on Energy Exports

    America’s Founders felt the freedom to export was so important that they included it in the U.S. Constitution: “No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.” President Obama should reaffirm that vision by removing restrictions on energy exports. Today, the U.S. government limits exports of … More

    Energy Exports: Free Trade for Me, but Not for Thee

    Some corporate interests are lining up to fight economic freedom in the United States by maintaining the government’s restrictions on energy exports. Their efforts are seen by some to be remarkably hypocritical—even by Washington, D.C.’s low standards. For example, oil refiner Valero fears that exporting U.S. crude oil could decrease … More

    The Connections Between Syria and the Arms Trade Treaty

    The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is part of the Syrian story in two ways. First, one response urged by some, including President Obama, is for the U.S. to arm selected elements among the Syrian rebels. But the liberal nongovernmental organizations that drove the negotiation of the ATT are already arguing … More

    Are These Senators Regretting Their Export-Import Bank Votes?

    For some lawmakers, corporate welfare is okay, unless it hurts someone in their district. Four lawmakers from Minnesota and Michigan are up in arms over a proposed $650 million financing deal for Roy Hill, an Australian mining company. The deal, backed by the Export-Import Bank, the U.S. government’s export credit … More

    Murkowski Pushes for Natural Gas Exports

    The Department of Energy (DOE) approved its third application to export natural gas a day after Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) released a white paper calling for the Administration and the DOE to quit stalling on permits. As Senator Murkowski said in her press release: We’ve carefully examined the issue of … More

    As Commodities Prices Fall, Economic Freedom Should Rise

    New reports are hinting that an end to the decade-long run-up of the prices of commodities prices is here. For years, emerging markets such as China rapidly sucked up natural resources to fuel their hasty economic expansions, inflating the cost of commodities such as coal, iron, and oil. Meanwhile, resource-endowed … More

    “Everyday High Prices” Should Not Be Trade Agency’s Slogan

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations are taking place this week in Malaysia. Here’s a modest suggestion to help new U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman bring the TPP to a successful conclusion: eliminate the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles, a job that places the welfare of one special … More

    Delaying Natural Gas Exports Delays Jobs

    A new study from the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF) is calling for the Department of Energy (DOE) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to speed up the permitting process to authorize natural gas exports. An even better solution is for Congress to remove the DOE’s authority for authorizing … More

    China GDP Claims Don’t Matter

    China’s State Statistical Bureau (SSB) announced second-quarter real gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 7.5 percent and first-half real GDP at 7.6 percent. High or low, whether it meets the official target or not, no one should care. GDP is a poor indicator of economic health—anywhere. It is especially poor … More

    Time to Upgrade the African Growth and Opportunity Act

    Africa is increasingly viewed as “a hopeful continent” whose next 10 years can be even better economically than the last 10. In this evolving economic reality, the United States should seize the opportunity to reinforce its vision of economic freedom and prosperity in the region. In his first public speech … More