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In The Tank (ep87) – Trump Supporter Polls, Anti-Fracking Fail, California Single Payer Health Care

May 5, 2017

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #87 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Charles Koch Institute, EnergyInDepth, and the Pacific Research Institute.

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #87 of the In The Tank Podcast. 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 Charles Koch Institute, EnergyInDepth, and the Pacific Research Institute.

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's Policybot featured work of the week comes from the Charles Koch Institute (CKI). CKI recently released results of a survey which seeks to determine, among other things, the stances of Trump and Hillary supports on a number of issues. A press release from CKI highlights the support of criminal justice reforms among Trump voters. The survey contains a lot of interesting info.

Other Think Tank Works

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.

The next item discussed on the podcast is an article from Investor's Business Daily authored by Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute. The article titled, "Single Payer Is Fool's Gold For California," makes the case against single-payer health care systems. The article specifically discusses the U.K. system which was recently described by the British Red Cross as a "humanitarian crisis."

In the last segment, Donny asks for John's opinion on a proposed bill in Louisiana which seeks to ban corporal punishment in public schools.

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Donald Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute, a research fellow for Heartland's Socialism Research Center, and the host of Heartland's In the Tank Podcast and Stopping Socialism TV. @InTheTankPod
John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 and left in January of 2019.