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  • What's behind China's cheap steel exports?

    04/25/2016 12:33:00 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 April 2016 | Andreas Illmer
    Cheap steel from China has been blamed for distorting global markets and putting other countries' steelmakers under pressure. How have we got here and why does it all matter? China's steel industry - what's the problem? Chinese steel production has expanded hugely. Over the past 25 years, output has grown more than 12-fold. By comparison, the EU's output fell by 12% while the US's remained largely flat. The drive behind that stellar increase has been China's double-digit economic growth over the past decades. That led to ever more domestic demand for steel and the government invested heavily in the industry...
  • Secret Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans!

    05/23/2015 11:44:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 73 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.
  • California's Imported Oil Problem

    04/27/2015 5:24:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/26/2015
    California is the most critical state in the country, with 38.2 million people and a GDP of $2.3 trillion, equal to Texas and Pennsylvania output combined. Depending on your perspective I guess, California has become famous/infamous for its progressive energy policies. California is our “clean energy” capital, with cap-and-trade, the most alternative fuel vehicles, unmatched efficiency laws, and a 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard for electricity by 2020. Yet, electricity (+40%) and gasoline (+$1.00) prices in the Golden State are well above the U.S. average, and oil and natural gas are still easily the state’s leading sources of energy. Stringent regulations...
  • George Will: The Export-Import Bank's grip

    03/13/2015 6:15:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    NEWSOK ^ | 3-12-15 | George Will
    WASHINGTON — Conservatives’ next disappointment will at least be a validation. The coming reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank will confirm their warnings about the difficulty of prying the government’s tentacles off what should be society’s private sphere. The bank, which exists to allocate credit by criteria other than the market’s preference for efficiency, mirrors the market-distorting policies of foreign governments. These policies favor those countries’ exports that compete with America’s. Much of what the bank does is supposedly to “level the playing field.” When Fred P. Hochberg, the bank’s chairman and president, defends it, an old joke comes to mind:...
  • EIA releases new online tool to track crude oil imports

    11/21/2014 5:19:22 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA's recently released U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool, designed to analyze crude oil imports in response to growing domestic production, allows users to sort and display imports by month or year, density (i.e., light, medium, heavy), country of origin, port of entry, processing company, processing refinery, and more. The tool features graphing and mapping capabilities and a built-in help function. Recent and anticipated increases in domestic crude production have sparked discussion about how rising crude oil volumes will be absorbed. To date, increased production has displaced some imported crude oil, which has fallen from 8.9 million barrels per day...
  • Let the Ex-Im Bank Expire

    07/10/2014 7:05:48 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 2 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 7/10/2014 | Ken Cuccinelli II
    Fellow Conservatives: Senate Democrats plan to bring up legislation later this month that will give new life to a corporate welfare program called the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank is a loan guarantee program that forces American taxpayers to subsidize foreign companies. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports the bank will cost taxpayers $2 billion. That’s two BILLION dollars of your money being spent to pick winners and losers. It's cronyism at its worst. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Ex-Im Bank "removed four officials in recent months amid investigations into allegations of gifts and kickbacks, as well as...
  • Rep. Fleischmann wages assault on military weapons ban

    05/17/2014 9:36:19 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 4 replies
    Knoxnews ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael Collins
    ~snip~ For months, Fleischmann has been waging a mostly behind-the-scenes assault against an order President Barack Obama put in place last fall barring private groups or individuals from bringing most military surplus firearms back into the United States after they have been sold or donated to foreign allies.~snip~ Fleischmann has inserted language into a federal budget bill that, if approved, would in effect halt the order by preventing the administration from spending any federal money to enforce it.
  • RULES FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF IMPORTED MEDICINE TO BE RELEASED SOON

    04/03/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    rxrights ^ | april 03,2014 | rxrights
    There are a number of obstacles Americans will face this year related to access to affordable medicine. One of the most troublesome involves Section 708, a portion of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187) passed in 2012. Section 708 requires the Secretary of Health Human Services (HHS) to establish rules regarding the seizure and destruction of imported medicines valued at $2500 or less. The proposed rules are set to be released on April 18. A minimum of 60 days review and comment period will follow. During this time, RxRights intends to mobilize our 75,000 members to respond on...
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • Extending the Term of Ammunition & Firearms Import Permits

    02/07/2012 6:59:44 PM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 7 February, 2012 | DOJ
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – The Department of Justice is proposing to amend the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to extend the term of import permits for firearms, ammunition, and defense articles from 1 year to 2 years. The additional time will allow importers sufficient time to complete the importation of the authorized commodity. In addition, it will eliminate the need for the importer to submit a new import application, ATF Form 6, where the importation was not completed within the 1-year period. Extending the term of import permits will result...
  • Blocked funding for ATF's planned shotgun import ban already paying dividends

    01/26/2012 12:57:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 January, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Last November, the "Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science and Transportation/Housing/Urban Development Appropriations bills" omnnibus was signed into law. One provision of that law blocks funding for a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) plan to ban the importation of certain shotguns, based on their not being sufficiently suited to "sporting purposes." From AmmoLand.com: SEC. 541. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to deny, or fail to act on, an application for the importation of any model of shotgun if– (1) all other requirements of...
  • Import prices up 0.3% in September

    10/14/2011 6:05:10 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 3 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.14.11 | Steve Goldstein
    ...Prices rose 0.3% in September, while economists polled by MarketWatch had anticipated a 0.4% drop...
  • Trade deficit steady at $45.6 billion in August

    10/13/2011 5:54:35 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 5 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.13.11 | Greg Robb
    The nation’s trade deficit held steady at $45.6 billion in August from the prior month, the Commerce Department said. The trade gap in July was revised up from the initial estimate of $44.8 billion. The deficit in August was close to the consensus of analysts surveyed by MarketWatch.
  • U.S. import prices dip 0.4% in August

    09/13/2011 6:55:53 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.13.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    The cost of U.S. imports dropped 0.4% in August...Imports excluding fuel rose 0.2% last month...Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast import prices to fall 1.0%.
  • U.S. trade gap shrinks to $44.8 billion in July

    09/08/2011 5:53:48 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.8.11 | Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The trade deficit the United States runs with the rest of the world shrank in July, according to data released Thursday, as record exports helped offset the biggest trade gap with China in 10 months. The Commerce Department said the trade deficit narrowed to a seasonally adjusted $44.8 billion in July from $51.6 billion in June, a decline of 13.1% — the largest percentage decline since February 2009. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a $51 billion deficit.
  • U.S. May trade gap widens to $50.2 billion: Deficit driven by higher oil imports

    07/12/2011 6:42:36 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 4 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 7.12.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped 15.1% in May to the highest level in almost three years, largely because of the increased cost of oil imports. The trade gap widened to a seasonally adjusted $50.2 billion from $43.6 billion in April, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the biggest monthly deficit since October 2008. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch forecast the trade deficit to rise to $44.5 billion.
  • Japan quake trims U.S. trade gap in April

    06/09/2011 6:41:52 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6.8.11 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed sharply in April as imports from Japan were curtailed due to the earthquake, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The nation’s trade deficit narrowed 6.7% in April to $43.7 billion from a revised $46.8 billion in March, the Commerce Department said.
  • U.S. trade deficit hits 9-month high in March

    05/11/2011 6:07:07 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 10 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 5.11.10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. trade deficit widened sharply in March to the highest level in nine months despite a new record high for exports of goods and services, government data showed Wednesday. The trade deficit — that is, the difference between exports and imports — widened to $48.2 billion for the month from a downwardly revised $45.4 billion in February, originally reported as $45.8 billion. Imports of goods and services rose by 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted $220.8 billion during March, while exports rose 4.6% to $172.7 billion, the Commerce Department estimated. This was the biggest one-month jump in...
  • Australia: How the sale of Australian police guns threatens public health in the USA(Barf Alert)

    04/21/2011 5:29:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies · 1+ views
    crikey.com.au ^ | 14 April, 2011 | Melissa Sweet
    Should Australia be contributing to the gun toll in the USA? It’s a timely question for the Defence Export Control Office in the Department of Defence in Canberra, says Adjunct Associate Professor Philip Alpers, of GunPolicy.org at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Philip Alpers writes: If Canberra follows precedent, around 10,000 surplus Australian police firearms will soon be for sale in pawn shops and gun shops across the United States. To save cash, police forces in South Australia and Victoria have signed contracts with US arms dealers to export thousands of surplus Smith & Wesson .357-calibre...
  • China’s Hunger Fuels Exports in Remote Russia

    06/10/2010 8:09:47 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 5 replies · 346+ views
    NYT ^ | June 9, 2010 | Andrew E. Cramer
    BIROBIDZHAN, Russia — The Kimkan open pit mine in Siberia is a muddy square mile surrounded by birch and cedar forests so vast they seem to stretch to the ends of the earth. As with many places in Siberia, it is nearly impossible to drive here. Yet just under the surface, Russian geologists say, lies enough iron ore to build hundreds of millions of cars. That is why Chinese government officials and business executives are interested, despite a decades-old legacy of bilateral distrust along this stretch of Russia-China borderland. This year, a delegation from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of...