America's foolhardy ban on natural gas exports

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Natural gas flares are seen at an oil pump site outside of Williston, North Dakota March 11, 2013.

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  • As more natural gas is produced, corporations that use it want to keep it in the US

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  • Natural gas exports can be not only good for the economy, but for security as well

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  • US bans on natural gas exports benefit corporations at the expense of people

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What else? Ah yes, we can sell bananas to other people, and use the proceeds to acquire different delicious fruits or even goods and services from entirely different product categories. So many competing ends, so few bananas to allocate to them ... how do we decide what to do with them?

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