For Immediate Release
December 28, 2023

Matthew Franklin,
[email protected]


Oppose ‘Natural Asset Companies’
the CCP and Other Enemies Could Control

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed a rule, SR-NYSE-2023-09, that would enable radical environmentalists in the Biden administration to sell off management control to the Chinese Communist Party and other investors federal lands, water and even air through so-called “Natural Asset Companies” (NACs) on the condition that they would preclude virtually any productive use of such resources. Private landowners may also be impacted.

The deadline for public comments to the SEC was extended to January 2nd (without notice via an update to the website.) We understand, it might be extended further to January 18. Nonetheless, public comment to counter this stealthy effort to sell-off – and sell-out – America is urgent.

There are numerous problems with this scheme. As Margaret Byfield of American Stewards for Liberty warned in Real Clear Markets recently, these include:

[NAC] companies would be given license to control lands, both public and private, and would be required not to conduct any “unsustainable activities, such as mining, that lead to the degradation of the ecosystems….Sovereign nations, such as the United States Government, can provide their lands toprivate investors, including those outside the United States. China, for example, may be able to invest in a NAC and effectively be a stakeholder in our national parks. Russia could assume control of lands currently leased to produce oil and place them off limits for future natural resource development.
NACs would prevent the productive use of the land, which would hurt the landowners financially, but also reduce the supply of minerals, food, and other goods that come from the land.
How might a company make control of land profitable while also not using the land? The method is admittedly confusing, perhaps intentionally. They profit from “ecological performance” such as “conservation, restoration, or sustainable management.” These NACs would quantify and monetize these natural outputs (such as air or water). The best comparison would be using the air we breathe as a cryptocurrency of sorts. And, these natural assets that collectively belong to all of us would now belong to corporations run by what many would call environmental special interests.
Traditional accounting standards would not be used to regulate NACs. Likely, this is because NACs would not withstand scrutiny under generally accepted accounting principles.
This effort would be a huge windfall for the federal government and the NACs. The government would create an entirely new revenue stream that would solely benefit the Davos-type [World Economic Forum] crowd that gives the current administration support. Both Big Government and radical environmentalists stand to benefit.
These efforts intentionally prioritize environmentalism over human flourishing. [Prospective auditors] admit that “producing these essential goods and services and managing resources wisely is as valuable, or perhaps even more valuable, than the food production.”

The next Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) webinar, “STOP AMERICA’S SELL-OFF – AND SELL-OUT: Oppose ‘Natural Asset Companies’ the CCP and Other Enemies Could Control,” on Thursday, 28 December from 10-11:15 a.m. ET, will examine the national security, economic and constitutional implications of such a gambit aimed at furthering the “fundamental transformation” of the United States into a country in which property rights and other personal freedoms are stripped from us in favor of a “global reset” that consolidates power and wealth in the tyrannical hands of foreign adversaries like: the Chinese Communist Party; other unelected, oppressive oligarchs; and unaccountable bureaucrats, here and abroad.

WHAT: A CPDC Webinar | STOP AMERICA’S SELL-OFF – AND SELL-OUT: Oppose ‘Natural Asset Companies’ the CCP and Other Enemies Could Control

WHEN: 10:00 – 11:15 am ET, Thursday, December 28, 2023


Moderator: Frank Gaffney, Founder and Executive Chairman, Center for Security Policy; Vice Chairman, Committee on the Present Danger: China


Hon. Marlo Oaks, Utah State Treasurer

Topic: “Why Natural Asset Companies are a Threat to America”

Noah Wall, Executive Vice President, State Financial Officers Foundation; longtime grassroots activist; former Executive Vice President, FreedomWorks

Topic: “Twenty-three State Treasurers Oppose the Proposed SEC Rule on NACs – and Why You Should, Too”

Margaret Byfield, Executive Director, American Stewards for Liberty

Topic: “Why and How Americans can Oppose the SEC’s Proposed Sell-off and Sell-out of America”

Dave Walsh, former President Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas; and former Vice Chairman, Shanghai Electric Westinghouse Power Joint Ventures; advisor to power generation investors and suppliers

Topic: “The Implications of the NACs Gambit for America’s Energy Security and Prosperity”

Dr. James Lindsay, Author of “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender and Identity – and Why This Harms Everybody”; strategist, mathematician

Topic: “How Did We Get Here on Natural Asset Companies and Where Must We Go Next?”

Brian Kennedy, Chairman, Committee on the Present Danger: China; Founder and President, American Strategy Group; past President, Claremont Institute

Topic: “How the CCP and Other Totalitarians are Benefiting from Obama-Biden 3.0’s Sell-off, and Sell-out, of America”

HOW: Register at


Make public comment to the SEC here.
Send an email to your state governor and representatives in Congress here.



To interview representatives of the Committee on the Present Danger: China, Matthew Franklin, [email protected]

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