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Isaac Orr

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Isaac Orr is a research fellow for energy and environment policy at The Heartland Institute. Orr is a speaker, researcher, and writer specializing in hydraulic fracturing, frac sand mining, agricultural, and environmental policy issues.

Isaac Orr is a research fellow for energy and environment policy at The Heartland Institute. Orr is a speaker, researcher, and writer specializing in hydraulic fracturing, frac sand mining, agricultural, and environmental policy issues. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with studies in political science and geology, winning awards for his undergraduate geology research before taking a position as an aide in the Wisconsin State Senate, where he served as lead-office writer and as a policy advisor on frac sand mining and agricultural issues.

Since joining Heartland, Orr has written a Heartland Policy Study on fracking titled “Hydraulic Fracturing: A Game-Changer for U.S. Energy and Economies,” and has coauthored multiple Policy Studies on frac sand mining, including “Environmental Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining” and “Economic Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining,” in addition to his article “Frac Sand Study Lots of Scare, Little Science,” published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in October of 2014.

His writing has appeared in USA Today, the New York Post, The Hill, the Orange County Register, and the Washington Times. His work on fracking is also featured in an upcoming book entitled Alternative Energy and Shale Gas Encyclopedia, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He has recorded more than a dozen podcasts on energy and environment topics for Heartland.

Orr writes, “I grew up on a dairy farm, and I want to preserve rural America, and rural American values. Along with agriculture, I am fascinated by geology, mining, groundwater, and other environmental issues.”

Recent Articles and Publications

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April 28, 2017
By Isaac Orr, H. Sterling Burnett, Bette Grande
"It’s time for Congress to take back its power and restrain the president by passing laws ensuring America’s lands and resources are managed according to plans specifically approved by Congress." - H. Sterling Burnett
April 28, 2017
By Isaac Orr
Panelists discussing “Fossil Fuels & World Peace” at The Heartland Institute’s 12th International Conference on Climate Change said fossil fuels have made the world less subject to conflict.
April 27, 2017
By Isaac Orr
Trump campaigned on the promise to put America first and exit the Paris Climate Agreement as soon as possible. This can be accomplished in as little as a year by withdrawing from the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
April 26, 2017
By Isaac Orr
Despite cries to the contrary made by left-wing environmentalists, closing the DPL power plants will increase costs for ratepayers and have negative consequences for Ohio's manufacturing sector.
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April 2, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
This Heartland Policy Study examines the best available scientific data on the effects of industrial sand mining on air quality, concluding those operations do not pose a threat to human health or the environment.
December 5, 2016
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
Industrial silica sand mining is governed by a comprehensive regulatory apparatus established to protect human and environmental health from the potential impacts of all industrial activities, including industrial sand mining.
November 15, 2016
By Tim Benson, Isaac Orr
AEPS Will Elevate Ohio Electricity Costs By $1.92 Billion Through 2026
August 19, 2016
By Isaac Orr
In an article published at The Nation, 350.org founder Bill McKibben portrays methane as a dangerous greenhouse gas. Here's why he's wrong.

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