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    Thank You, George Mitchell, for Fracking

    George P. Mitchell passed away on Friday, July 26, leaving behind a legacy as the man who unlocked America’s vast oil and natural gas shale resources. Born into a poor family, Mitchell wasn’t handed success. Having emigrated from Greece, his parents, Savvas and Katina, stressed the importance of hard work … More

    The Right Kind of Federalism

    Regular elections are a critical feature of American democracy. If you don’t like the way your town, state, or federal government is headed, you know you’ll have a chance to change leadership at the ballot box. Of course, if your state is slowing you up with high tax rates and … More

    Earth Day: People Are Our Most Precious Resource

    Google is celebrating Earth Day with a doodle of sunny skies, mountain peaks, hills, and blue waters. Sure, it’s appropriate to celebrate this wonderful planet we call home. But Google—along with too many others—forgot the most important part of Earth Day: people. The best, most interested, and invested stewards of … More

    The Outrageous Statements of Obama's EPA Nominee

    Today the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Heritage has provided its own questions for nominee McCarthy. If confirmed, and if her past statements are indicative of future actions, McCarthy’s tenure at the EPA will continue to lead … More

    Environmentalists and Energy Experts Working Together for Fracking Solutions?

    Saving the environment and producing shale oil and gas by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are not mutually exclusive; however, it seems the two sides have been unable to move past their differences. But The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, might just be pointing the way. The … More

    Limiting Fracking Limits Affordable Energy and Jobs

    Europe is once again teaching America a lesson in what not to do on energy policy. A resolution Germany’s upper house passed last week makes it clear that despite the potential for massive and safe economic development, the nation is allowing unwarranted environmental fears to prevent the extraction of massive … More

    Morning Bell: Get the Federal Government Out of the Natural Gas Business

    In North Dakota, people have jobs. That state led the nation in job creation last year, and its unemployment rate is only 3.2 percent (compared to the national rate of 7.9 percent). Why? One word: energy. As Nicolas Loris, Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, writes in a forthcoming paper: … More

    FrackNation Sheds Truth on Fracking Debate

    Context. That is what Phelim McAleer’s new film FrackNation offers and what so many in the debate over hydraulic fracturing lack. Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, is an unnecessarily controversial method of oil and gas extraction. FrackNation sets the record straight. Instead of Matt Damon’s Promised Land’s completely … More

    WATCH: The Promised Land of Fracking at Bloggers Briefing

    Matt Damon’s anti-fracking movie (financed by an oil-rich Arab nation) was a dud at the box office this month. Let’s hope that’s a sign Americans won’t entertain such Hollywood propaganda. Fortunately, there’s now an alternative that presents a different perspective on hydraulic fracturing. Filmmakers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magdalena … More

    Free Markets: Follow the Fracking Model

    If you’ve been to the movies lately, you’ve probably seen ads for Promised Land, a film that takes a dim view of using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to produce natural gas. Steve Forbes isn’t surprised. “In movies, capitalists kill more people than serial killers,” he said during an appearance at The … More