Category Archives: Energy

Breaking wind power myths

Think wind power is better for the earth than shale oil? Consider the following information Alex Adrianson highlights for the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” blog. Wind Power Needs 725 Times More Land to Produce the Same Energy as Shale Oil A solar park, meanwhile, requires 461 times more land than a fracking site. These figuresContinue Reading

About that high amount of water use linked to fracking

Mark Tapscott of the Washington Examiner highlights an interesting study about water used in the hydraulic fracturing process. Quick question: Which uses more water, growing vegetables or hydraulic fracturing — i.e. fracking — to produce oil and natural gas? Ask that question of folks who work for the energy industry and odds are good theyContinue Reading

An airport fracks for dollars

Pittsburgh International Airport is vastly underutilized ever since US Airways closed its hub there a decade ago. That has resulted in high cost as the airport struggles to mean debt payments. The airport’s solution? As the Economist reports, it’s to allow fracking under the airport’s runway and terminal. The deal will bring in a halfContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports on a new John Locke Foundation study highlighting facts about fracking. Katherine Restrepo’s Daily Journal explains how a joint federal-state funding mechanism leads to budget shenanigans in Medicaid.

Addressing concerns over hydraulic fracturing

My report released today investigates and answers several concerns about hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) coming to North Carolina: What is fracking? How new is fracking? How dangerous is fracking? How safe is fracking? How safe is fracking for North Carolina? Does fracking contaminate water? Does it use secret chemicals? Will it cause cancer and birth defects?Continue Reading

New JLF report answers questions, debunks myths about fracking

North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission begins a series of hearings next week on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for energy sources in the state. As the commission prepares for those hearings, Jon Sanders has released a new report addressing some of the key questions and concerns about fracking. Does it make tapContinue Reading

Boosting the energy boom by getting government out of the way

Heritage Foundation economist Nicolas Loris explains in a Daily Signal column how the American economy would benefit from decreased federal government interference in the energy market. Put simply, free trade is a fundamental component in creating prosperity and promoting human well-being. When markets are open to more producers and consumers, competition provides people with moreContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man highlights a controversy over federal gasoline reserves

Jim McTague‘s latest “D.C. Current” column in Barron’s focuses on a controversy between the executive and legislative branches over new federal gasoline reserves. Congress didn’t appropriate money this year for a Department of Energy emergency gasoline-reserve project, a component of President Barack Obama’s “Climate Action Plan.” So the DOE held a yard sale of sortsContinue Reading