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Isaac Orr

Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues.

Orr is a speaker, researcher, and writer specializing in hydraulic fracturing, frac sand mining, agricultural, and environmental policy issues. From 2013 to 2017, Orr was a research fellow for energy policy at The Heartland Institute. 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.

In 2013, Orr wrote a Heartland Policy Study on fracking titled “Hydraulic Fracturing: A Game-Changer for U.S. Energy and Economies” and coauthored multiple policy studies on frac sand mining in 2015, including “Environmental Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining” and “Economic Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining.” In 2018, Orr coauthored a series of Heartland Policy Studies on coal, the first of which was titled “How the Premature Retirement of Coal-Fired Power Plants Affects Energy Reliability, Affordability.”

His writing has appeared in USA Today, the New York Post, The Hill, Orange County Register, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Washington Times, and many other prominent publications. Orr's 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 also 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 9, 2018
By Isaac Orr
Xcel Energy, the leading provider of electricity in Colorado, is attempting to fudge the numbers to justify the closure of units one and two at the coal-powered Comanche Power Plant.
March 22, 2018
By Frederick D. Palmer, Isaac Orr
The eight-year tenure of the Obama administration inflicted intentional, serious damage on the country’s capacity to provide the electricity that runs our computers, heats, cools, and lights our homes, powers our factories, and fuels our economy.
March 8, 2018
By Frederick D. Palmer, Isaac Orr
Why would anyone scrap perfectly good high-quality computers, smartphones, or cars for more costly, lower quality, and less reliable products? Yet, that is exactly what policymakers do when they push coal-fired power plants into early retirement.
March 7, 2018
By Isaac Orr
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission should carefully scrutinize future attempts by WE Energies to build new power plants that are not needed to satisfy consumer demands.
March 5, 2018
By Isaac Orr
There are no free markets in electricity generation, and subsidies are contagious.
February 21, 2018
By Isaac Orr
Testimony Before the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan Listening Session
February 15, 2018
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer
Coal has been a mainstay of economic growth and human well-being in the United States for more than a century.
January 11, 2018
By Isaac Orr
The premature closure of the Pleasant Prairie coal-fired power plant will drive up electricity costs for families.

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