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    Death of Chavez Could Resurrect Economic Freedom in Venezuela

    Although Hugo Chavez just died last week in Caracas, economic freedom predeceased him in Venezuela by at least a decade. When Chavez took power in 1999, the Venezuelan economy was rated at 54 points out of 100, according to The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s annual Index of Economic Freedom. This … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Administration Buries Good News on Keystone Pipeline

    In Washington, a presidential Administration releases news it doesn’t like at 5 p.m. on Fridays. So it pays to pay attention when everyone is leaving work for the weekend. Late last Friday, the State Department released a positive environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama has been delaying … 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

    Economic Development and Disaster Relief Inhibited by the Jones Act

    If the Jones Act was created to mitigate disasters at sea, why has it been waived during such disasters? Such a question was posed in a recent Bloomberg article. The answer is that, rather than supporting wartime goals or sustaining national security, the Jones Act now serves primarily as a … More

    Legalize Crude Oil Exports

    An energy renaissance is underway in the United States. According to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), America’s decades-long dependence on foreign oil may soon be over. By the mid-2020s, the United States is set to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. Even more … More

    U.S. Shed 9,000 Mining, Energy Jobs in October, 17,000 Since May

    Buried in Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the country’s unemployment situation was this disheartening fact: 9,000 employees of the mining and resource extraction sector lost their jobs in October. That brings total job losses in that sector to 17,000 since May, according to BLS. The Bureau, which is … More

    The 5 Most Misleading Statements from the Second Presidential Debate

    President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney sparred last night in the second of three presidential debates. Today’s Morning Bell features reaction from numerous Heritage experts. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of the five most factually-challenged statements made during the debate. Obama falsely claims he called Benghazi attacks “acts … More

    Iran Continues Skirting Sanctions

    Millions of barrels of Iranian oil have gone undetected by sanctions enforcement, according to a recent Reuters report. In order to subsidize its diminished state-controlled oil revenue, the Iranian regime is using the tiny port of Labuan, Malaysia, to hide and sell its oil. The Iranian oil begins its journey … More

    Matt Damon's Anti-Fracking Movie Financed by Oil-Rich Arab Nation

    A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. The creators of Promised Land have gone … 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