Skip Navigation

In The Tank (ep102) – Government Ruining Cars, Fracking Studies, and Carbon Tax Schemes

August 18, 2017

Episode #102 of the In The Tank Podcast is a best-of edition. Today’s podcast features work from the Heritage Foundation, the Fraser Institute and more.

Episode #102 of the In The Tank Podcast is a best-of edition. Despite it being a best-of episode, Donny gives a sneak preview for next week’s Game of Thrones themed episode. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Heritage Foundation, the Fraser Institute and more.

This week's Policybot featured work of the week comes from the Heritage Foundation. In the report, titled "Regulation Continues to Increase Car Prices," the author explains how strict fuel economy standards have caused car prices to buck the downward trend and instead, trend higher. John and Donny talk about this report and more negative effects of these government imposed regulations.

Next, Donny and John talk about a recently released study which shows that hydraulic fracturing does not contaminate groundwater. The most interesting part of this study is the fact that it was partially funded by the Natural Resources Defense Council - an organization which campaigns against fossil fuels. This report is just one recent item of many countering the arguments made against fracking. The Heartland Institute also produced a Policy Study which explains how frack sand mining is safe. And lastly, the USGS recently reported that "man-made seismic activity" has decreased dramatically in just the past year.

Lastly, Donny and John talk about a report produced by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian-based think tank. This report, titled "Examining Revenue Neutrality in British Columbia's Carbon Tax," is a warning to those considering a carbon tax based on the claim that it would be revenue neutral. In British Columbia, a carbon tax was sold to the public by claims that the increase in taxes would be offset by tax reductions. It was not long before the government began to twist the facts in order to increase taxes.

I hope you’ll listen in, subscribe, and leave a review for our podcast on iTunes. We welcome your feedback in our new show’s inbox at or follow us on twitter @InTheTankPod.

[Please subscribe to the Heartland Daily Podcast for free at this link.

Article Tags
Taxes Energy
Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute and the host of Heartland's "In the Tank" podcast. @InTheTankPod
John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 and left in January of 2019.