Entries by Sean Hackbarth

The Return of the Shale Boom

The shale boom is back. After a decrease in shale oil production in 2016 we’re seeing an upswing in 2017: The Energy Information Administration on Monday said it expects an increase in domestic shale-oil production to nearly 5 million barrels a day for April, which would be the highest monthly level in roughly a year. […]

Trump Hits Reset on Obama’s Land-Grabbing Water Rule

President Donald Trump’s campaign to roll back the regulatory state continues. Today, he ordered EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to review and potentially withdraw their 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This could bring relief to farmers, ranchers, builders, and businesses, along with state and local governments. Under the guise of […]

A Squeeze of Regulatory Reform Could Juice Productivity

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Yearly productivity growth this decade is a paltry 0.5%. Fixing how regulations are made can help. Productivity growth is the “mother’s milk of prosperity.” The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Ip warns we’re “out of big ideas,” [subscription required] and as a result, the U.S. economy’s productivity growth has “averaged a pathetic 0.5% for […]

Obama Isn’t Just Attacking the Dakota Access Pipeline, He’s Attacking the Rule of Law

KEY TAKEAWAYS: The Obama administration put up another blockade in front of a needed energy infrastructure project. When a business follow the rules, it should be assured of a definitive, rational decision from the government. A month ago, I wrote: President Barack Obama just took the rule of law, crumpled it up, and tossed along […]

Obama’s Regulatory Rush to the Finish Line

Key Takeaways As many as 98 new major regulations could be finalized before @realdonaldtrump takes office. Example of Obama’s regulatory rush: @EPA chief said, “We’re running — not walking — through the finish line.” When I played football in high school, as the game neared its end–no matter if we were winning or losing–my coach […]

North Dakota Sheriff: Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Are ‘Hostile,’ ‘Armed,’ and ‘Not Peaceful’

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Sheriff: #NoDAPL protesters are ‘hostile,’ ‘armed,’ and ‘not peaceful’ Business and labor unions have turned up volume on Obama administration’s delay of Dakota Access Pipeline. #DAPL If the Obama administration thought their actions to halt part of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline would calm things down in North Dakota, they were […]

‘Uncivil’ Disobedience is Name of the Game for Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

KEY TAKEAWAY The protest isn’t about environmental or cultural issues. It’s really about stopping American energy production. Passions haven’t simmered down at a North Dakota construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Energy opponents continue to use water and cultural concerns to mask their true, anti-energy agenda. One of those national leaders, Jane Kleeb, who […]

Arrests, Arson, Anger: Why anti-energy protesters are making it ugly in North Dakota

August temperatures aren’t the only things flaring up in the Great Plains as anti-energy protesters try to stop construction of an oil pipeline. Emboldened by President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2015, anti-energy protesters have set their sights on stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline. A valuable addition to U.S. energy infrastructure, […]

Setting Things Straight: Bill McKibben is Very Wrong About Fracking

KEY TAKEAWAY:  Bill McKibben is wrong. #fracking isn’t contaminating our water or polluting our air. Bill McKibben molds facts like Play-Dough to push his unrealistic, “keep it in the ground” energy dream. A big part of public policy debates involves countering misleading claims. In this regular feature, I highlight important facts about the key issues being […]

Obama Sides with ‘Keep It In the Ground’ Fanatics

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Excluding Atlantic coast from offshore drilling is next step in Obama’s “Keep it in the ground” energy strategy. President Obama chooses cementing legacy among anti-energy zealots over America’s energy security. President Barack Obama continues choosing cementing his legacy among anti-energy zealots rather than ensuring America’s energy security. Instead of the all-of-the-above energy strategy he […]

Here’s Where Things Stand One Year Into Net Neutrality

KEY TAKEAWAY: Broadband investment flat in first year of #NetNeutrality. Coincidence? One year after the FCC tossed out a successful regulatory policy that left a light touch on the Internet, allowing it to transform how we communicate, shop, and run our businesses, let’s see what has happened and where we’re headed. Here are 4 things we know: […]