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Fracking Facts: Ban Fracking?
8:36
June 14, 2016
In the final video of the Fracking Facts series, Heartland research fellow Isaac Orr makes a strong economic case for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Calls to ban fracking are based on myths and misinformation regarding the environmental and health impacts of fracking. In 2015, NY State Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) fell susceptible to these falsities, becoming the first and only governor to ban the technology. He completely dismissed the economic prosperity that the fracking industry would have spurred in his state, especially in the rural communities. Juxtapose the lack of opportunities in New York to the abundance of opportunities in neighboring state, Pennsylvania. Like the Empire State, Pennsylvania is naturally rich in natural gas reserves. It has embraced the fracking revolution and, because so, has experienced an economic boom. Hydraulic fracturing is reducing our carbon dioxide emissions, revitalizing local communities, and putting Americans to work in living-wage jobs. Follow Isaac on Twitter! @TheFrackingGuy To learn more about hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the economy and environment, read our policy studies at https://www.heartland.org/ideas/hydraulic-fracturing.

8:36
June 14, 2016
In the final video of the Fracking Facts series, Heartland research fellow Isaac Orr makes a strong economic case for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Calls to ban fracking are based on myths and misinformation regarding the environmental and health impacts of fracking. In 2015, NY State Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) fell susceptible to these falsities, becoming the first and only governor to ban the technology. He completely dismissed the economic prosperity that the fracking industry would have spurred in his state, especially in the rural communities. Juxtapose the lack of opportunities in New York to the abundance of opportunities in neighboring state, Pennsylvania. Like the Empire State, Pennsylvania is naturally rich in natural gas reserves. It has embraced the fracking revolution and, because so, has experienced an economic boom. Hydraulic fracturing is reducing our carbon dioxide emissions, revitalizing local communities, and putting Americans to work in living-wage jobs. Follow Isaac on Twitter! @TheFrackingGuy To learn more about hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the economy and environment, read our policy studies at https://www.heartland.org/ideas/hydraulic-fracturing.
 
5:56:55
June 9, 2016
Jason Bedrick of the Cato Institute explains how your tax dollars can be better used to educate your children and grandchildren. Bedrick discusses the use of vouchers, education savings accounts, and other funding options to educate those who will be the future of this country. Bedrick is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom. He earned his master’s degree in public policy, with a focus on education policy, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His thesis, “Choosing to Learn,” assessed the scholarship tax credit programs operating in eight states, including their impact of student performance, fiscal impact, program design, and popularity.
 
8:10
June 7, 2016
Heartland research fellow Isaac Orr is back for the 7th video installment in the Fracking Facts series, this time from an industrial sand mine in Wisconsin. Sand mines are a necessary component in the hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking) process. In states like Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, the sand mining industry has created thousands of new jobs for hard-working Americans and generated additional income for landowners who have this particular sand on their property. Far from being a health or environmental risk, sand mining is a century-old industry that is used in the production of glass, toothpaste, livestock bedding, and natural gas. Watch the video and learn more about the benefits of frac sand mining! Follow Isaac on Twitter! @TheFrackingGuy To learn more about hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the economy and environment, read our policy studies at https://www.heartland.org/ideas/hydraulic-fracturing.
 
6:13
May 31, 2016
Isaac Orr, research fellow at The Heartland Institute, dispels some myths regarding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Recent studies heralded by the Colorado School of Public Health and the New York Department of Health claimed fracking resulted in birth defects in children residing near welling sites and higher rates of hospitalization in rural Pennsylvania. As Isaac Orr explains, these studies were not credible and discredited because of faulty and insufficient research. Watch the latest installment in the Fracking Facts video series, and learn the truth about fracking and its health impacts.
 
8:17
May 24, 2016
Jesse Hathaway covers Day Two of Citizens Revolutionary Week in Washington, DC on May 24, 2016. In this video, they cover the left's victory for net neutrality -- aka government control of the Internet and larger digital economy.
 
11:26
May 23, 2016
Jesse Hathaway covers Day One of Citizens Revolutionary Week in Washington, DC on May 23, 2016. In this video, they cover economics and how to manipulate emotions to influence Congress.
 
3:00
May 17, 2016
If you noticed the fall in price of gasoline earlier this year, you should also be excited about hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. Fracking has allowed us to produce large quantities of oil and natural gas, which increases their supply and lowers their prices. In his fifth video in The Heartland Institute’s Fracking Facts series, titled “Fracking and Global Warming,” Isaac Orr explains what fracking is and the role it plays in the debate over global warming, a.k.a. “climate change.” According to Orr, environmentalists are wrong to say fracking contributes to climate change since it is largely responsible for the transition taking place in the U.S. from relying on coal to generate electricity to relying on natural gas instead. Fracking is saving consumers billions of dollars a year while also benefiting the environment. To learn more about The Heartland Institute, visit us at http://www.heartland.org. To learn more about fracking, visit http://www.heartland.org/ideas/hydraulic-fracturing.
 
1:46:05
May 12, 2016
Together let’s rethink environmental objectives, align incentives with goals, and affirm the notion that human beings are an integral part of the natural order. In 1934, former U.S. Forest Service official Aldo Leopold, godfather of the modern environmental movement, wrote that “restrictive laws” had “largely failed” in their mission to conserve America’s forests, rivers, and other natural resources. Less than 40 years later, however, as various events pushed environmental concerns into the public spotlight, lawmakers from both parties championed legislation far more sweeping and restrictive than any Leopold had witnessed. How well did these “restrictive laws” work to right environmental wrongs? Why did so many miss the mark? And how should we go about improving our policies?
 
6:17
May 9, 2016
“Not in my backyard,” say those opposed to hydraulic fracturing sites. Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, may generate noise, dust, and light pollution, as well as road damage, that can be a nuisance to residents located near sand mining or well drilling sites. It should be noted that these nuisances desist within a few weeks once wells are completed. In response to temporary bothers, local communities and fracking companies have cooperated with each other to minimize negative externalities and maximize economic growth. In this video, Isaac Orr explains the crucial role that oil and natural gas play in the extraction, production, and transportation of raw and intermediate materials necessary for an advance and prosperous society. To learn more about The Heartland Institute, visit us at http://www.heartland.org. To learn more about fracking, visit http://www.heartland.org/ideas/hydraulic-fracturing.
 
2:11:07
May 6, 2016
On May 4, 2016, The Heartland Institute held a ceremony to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Michael Parry Mazur Memorial Library, located in its headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois. It is the Midwest’s best and largest library on freedom and limited government with nearly 10,000 books.
 
8:18
May 2, 2016
Hydraulic fracturing has received a great deal of coverage over the past few years, causing quite a stir across the nation. Does fracking contaminate drinking water? Is it the source of earthquakes in certain states? In his third video, Isaac Orr debunks the myths that claim hydraulic fracturing negatively impacts our environment. As you’ll learn in the video, the fracking industry has contributed to an increase in natural gas production, greater energy independence, more job opportunities, and higher savings for individuals and families. To learn more about The Heartland Institute, visit us at http://www.heartland.org. To learn more about fracking, visit http://www.heartland.org/ideas/hydraulic-fracturing
 
6:02
April 26, 2016
Isaac Orr digs further into the realities of hydraulic fracturing in his second video, “Benefits of Fracking.” Isaac discusses the economic and environmental upsides to hydraulic fracturing such as dramatic savings for American households, spurred job growth, and greater energy security. The “Fracking Revolution” has resulted in America becoming the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world. Opposition to fracking is largely based on emotional and fact-free arguments. As the truth about hydraulic fracturing continues to be exposed, even more people will regard it as the safe, economical, and reliable method of energy extraction that it is. To learn more about The Heartland Institute, visit us at http://www.heartland.org. To learn more about fracking, visit http://www.heartland.org/ideas/hydraulic-fracturing.