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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, Orange County Register, and 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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June 23, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Tim Benson, Frederick D. Palmer
‘It appears these protesters know little about fracking and are seeking only to frighten their neighbors.’ – Isaac Orr
June 12, 2017
By Isaac Orr
President Trump said Thursday that the United States formally will withdraw from the Obama-era Paris climate accord despite the decidedly shrill cries made by environmental groups claiming withdrawal from the accord will spell doom for Earth’s climate.
May 30, 2017
By Joseph Bast, Frederick D. Palmer, Isaac Orr, Bette Grande, S.T. Karnick, Tom Harris, H. Sterling Burnett
"In the next few days, Donald Trump can show he has what it takes to become one of America’s greatest presidents." - Joseph Bast
May 24, 2017
By Peter Ferrara, Jesse Hathaway, S.T. Karnick, H. Sterling Burnett, Isaac Orr, Michael Hamilton
" The proposed budget in fact incorporates tax reform by sharply reducing tax rates, as well as repealing and replacing Obamacare, which would cut taxes by about $1 trillion over 10 years." - Peter Ferrara
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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