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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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August 9, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer, Tom Harris, Tom Sheahen, Donn Dears, Marc Morano, Joseph S. D'Aleo, James H. Rust, John Coleman, Walter Starck, Christopher Essex, Arthur Viterito
The New York Times this week posted a draft of a climate science report by the federal government’s U.S. Global Change Research Program.
August 2, 2017
By Isaac Orr
Testimony Before the Environmental Protection Agency
July 31, 2017
By Frederick D. Palmer, Isaac Orr
Over the past several years, more than 150 coal-fired power plants have closed their doors due to competition from low natural-gas prices and federal policies designed to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants.
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July 31, 2017
By Isaac Orr
In an open letter to the international community, titled “We Are Still In,” more than 1,200 officials have come out in support of voluntarily continuing the terms of the Paris climate accord.
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July 25, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Bette Grande, James M. Taylor, James H. Rust, Tom Sheahen, Michelle Smith, Mischa Popoff
‘All praise to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump for reversing the Obama administration’s anti-fossil fuels, anti-fracking rule on lands of the United States.’ – Fred Palmer
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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