Isaac Orr

Isaac Orr (iorr@heartland.org) is a research fellow for energy and environmental policy at the Heartland Institute. Follow him on Twitter @thefrackingguy.

G-20 Nations Will Isolate the U.S. — Until They Want U.S. Energy

 

World leaders at the recent G-20 summit presented a mostly unified front against President Donald Trump in retaliation for his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The opposition to Trump’s policies — framed as the “G19 vs the US” and formulated in the name of saving Earth from supposed catastrophic […]

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Methane From Fracking: Not the Monster Bill McKibben Sniffs Out

 

Methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations have become the latest target for activists seeking to ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking.” A recent article in the Nation, titled “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry,” by anti-fossil-fuel activist Bill McKibben is a perfect example of the cognitive dissonance that occurs when activism supersedes science in the name of altering […]

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Health Impacts of Fracking Fabricated

 

There’s a lot of shoddy science claiming to show the public health impact of hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking.” Studies alleging birth defects for children born near oil and gas wells, higher incidences of cancer-causing chemicals, and respiratory illnesses have grabbed headlines across the country, but how credible are these studies, and do […]

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Hillary and Bernie Need a Fracking Lesson

 

Environmental issues were discussed in detail at a recent Democratic debate, held in in Flint Michigan on March 6. Sadly, when asked whether the candidates support hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” a technique that has greatly increased oil and natural gas production in the United States, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current […]

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Gazprom Has Uber Problems

 

Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy giant, has traditionally used its position as the second-largest exporter of natural gas to the European Union (EU) (Norway is the largest) as a means of flexing its political muscle, especially under the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But it appears Russia’s days as the energy bully may be […]

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Russia Pushes Western Anti-Fracking Movement

 

Few things scare Vladimir Putin, the Russian head of state who routinely poses with his shirt off, flies airplanes to douse the fires threatening the lives of millions of Russians, shoots Siberian tigers with tranquilizer guns, and still finds time to steal Super Bowl rings. However, there is one thing the leader of Russia, an […]

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