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    Matt Damon's "Promised Land" Twists the Fracking Facts

    What happens when ideology and facts go their separate ways in Hollywood? Stick to the ideology — and that’s just what happened in Matt Damon’s newest anti-fracking film, “Promised Land,” according to documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer: So, according to sources close to the movie, they’ve come up with a solution … More

    Based on Market Demands, Toyota Says No to New Electric Car

    The market demand for all-electric cars envisioned by Toyota Motor Corporation has not materialized according to the company, forcing it to shed a projected battery-powered minicar line. The company is taking a different tack than its counterparts at General Motors or Nissan, planning to offer only 100 eQ all-electric vehicles … More

    EPA Replacement for Al 'Crucify Them' Armendariz May Also Target Coal

    President Obama has picked New Mexico’s former top environmental enforcement official to head up the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region Six, which includes much of the American south. Ron Curry, a professor at the University of New Mexico and former secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department, will succeed Al Armedariz, … More

    WATCH: "Won't Back Down" Producer at The Bloggers Briefing

    The movie “Won’t Back Down“ opens this Friday with an inspiring message about education reform. At today’s Bloggers Briefing, Chip Flaherty, executive vice president and publisher at Walden Media, will talk about the film and its important message. Watch it live at noon ET on Heritage’s Livestream channel. The movie is already … More

    FACT CHECK: Obama Misleads on Medicare, Taxes, and Regulations

    During a Sunday evening interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” President Obama made numerous factually inaccurate or misleading claims. Specifically, Obama claimed that he has not raised Americans’ taxes, that he has not raised costs for Medicare beneficiaries, and that he has imposed fewer regulations than his predecessor. The first two … More

    Chart of the Week: 70% of Spending Goes to Dependence Programs

    Federal spending concentrated on the 47 dependence-creating government programs that include housing, farm subsidies, and entitlements now comprises more than 70.5 percent of total federal expenditures as of 2010, according to Heritage’s Index of Dependence on Government. This represents the fourth year in a row that the Index of Dependence … More

    Energy Dept. Spends $10 Million on Water Turbine to Power 25 Houses

    Photo credit courtesy of NREL The first underwater turbine to make use of tidal energy went live last week in Maine, supported by a $10 million investment by the Department of Energy. The Ocean Renewable Power Company Maine’s Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Pilot Project received the Energy Department money to … More

    Texas Pension Group Compiles List of 'Hostile Threats' - Including Heritage

    A non-profit group that represents members of Texas’s public employee retirement system outlined a host of individuals and organizations that it considers “hostile threats” in a recent presentation. The presentation, which the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) posted online, goes on to describe methods of marginalizing those “threats” to … More

    Senate Conservatives Gather Enough Votes to Block Lame Duck Treaties

    A group of Senate conservatives has gathered enough support to block any treaties that come up for a vote during the lame duck session. A total of 36 Senators pledged, in a letter drafted by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to Majority and Minority leaders Harry Reid … More

    Government Offers $10 Million Prize to Make Solar More "Cost-Competitive"

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a new $10 million Department of Energy competition last week to reduce the price of installing solar panels. The goal is to make the technology more “cost-competitive” by the end of the decade. The prize is part of the SunShot Initiative, a program runs … More