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    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

    Montana Radio Station Funded by Community Celebrates 50 Years

    Recognized this month with the National Religious Broadcasters’ Milestone Award for exemplary service, radio station KGLE has been providing inspiration for over 50 years to thousands of listeners who call North Dakota’s Bakken oil reserve and eastern Montana home. What’s remarkable is how the station has stayed afloat in today’s … More

    Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a “no-brainer.” While it is true that some states may see projected savings, it is erroneous to claim that this experience applies to every state. Proponents predict that by expanding Medicaid states will be able to reduce payments to health … 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

    Energy Independence the Free-Market Way

    It was clear in pre-election discussion that Americans want energy independence. The most successful means to this end has been the free market—and the release of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual World Energy Outlook proves it. IEA projects that while global energy demand will climb, America will emerge as … More

    Green-Energy Projects Face Opposition From Green Groups

    “We need green energy. Just not here.” Do those words sound familiar? That’s quite often the case with so-called proponents of green energy. The acronym NIMBY (not in my back yard) should really be replaced with BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything), according to Ryan Yonk, coauthor of a … More

    Morning Bell: Why We Aren't Producing Enough Domestic Energy

    President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney had a heated exchange about energy in the most recent debate. The President repeated his refrain that oil and gas production is the highest it has been in eight years, but Romney was right to point out that this was driven by production … More

    Second Presidential Debate Recap: Top Tweets from Heritage

    A selection, in no particular order, of some of the top tweets — most retweeted and favorited — from Heritage staff during last night’s second presidential debate from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. If oil were subsidized like wind, it would get $50/bb from feds. herit.ag/ABVHrN — David Kreutzer (@dwkreutzer) … More

    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