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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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October 9, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Isaac Orr, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Frederick D. Palmer, Peter Ferrara, Bette Grande, S.T. Karnick, Walter Cunningham, Craig Idso, Donn Dears, Tom Harris, Alan Carlin, Christopher Essex, James E. Enstrom, John Coleman
"Scrapping the Clean Power Plan is the first of a series of steps that must be taken to reverse the Obama administration’s energy policies." - Isaac Orr
September 18, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer
A Lake County Republican has recently partnered with the Sierra Club in its Beyond Coal campaign, which advocates the closure of the Waukegan Generating Station.
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September 13, 2017
By Isaac Orr
A recent study by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles examines the impact the family dog or cat has on greenhouse-gas emissions.
September 7, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer
Critics of the Trump administration's energy plan have attempted to portray President Donald Trump's support for policies that promote the use of coal and hydraulic fracturing as incoherent and incompatible.
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August 2, 2017
By Isaac Orr
Testimony Before the Environmental Protection Agency
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

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