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    C'mon, Obama, Join the Energy Boom

    An energy project that would be good for the U.S economy, can be built without taxpayer help, and would have little to no environmental impact? That’s the Keystone pipeline President Obama keeps blocking. A new environmental impact statement released Friday said again that the Keystone XL pipeline is safe. >>> … More

    We Are Drilling, Baby! U.S. Passing Saudi Arabia in Oil Production

    What do you know—“Drill, baby, drill” is working. Thanks to new smart-drilling and production technologies (including hydraulic fracturing), the U.S. is the leading liquid fuels producer in the world and will soon be the world’s largest producer of petroleum. And we would be even further in the lead if we … More

    Energy: What Works and What Doesn't

    President Obama told listeners during his weekly address that American energy is booming under his Administration. The reality is, however, that the private sector delivered the economic benefits America is enjoying from energy production—and the Administration’s policies are stunting that growth. The President highlighted that domestic oil production surpassed imports … More

    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

    Electric Cars and Crony Federalism

    Competition is good—but only when it encourages a “race to the top.” That’s true in business and among the states as well. Competition can encourage policy innovation. For example, Pennsylvania carefully (but reasonably) regulates hydraulic fracturing, and it is reaping the benefits as companies create jobs by safely extracting oil … 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

    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

    Free-Market Opportunities Propel North Dakota to Top Job Creator

    North Dakota led the nation in job creation in 2012, according to a new report released by Gallup. The state has an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, the lowest in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s largely due to the energy boom created when new fracking … 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