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Fracking: Good Science Vs. Science Fiction | Commentary

The United States is now the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer, having recently overtaken both Saudi Arabia and Russia. Two decades ago, no one would have believed it. The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has fueled this energy boom. Fracking has unlocked vast amounts of what used to be considered economically inaccessible oil and gas. Increased domestic energy production has benefited the environment, the economy and hardworking families who now enjoy reduced energy prices.

National Parks Can Guide the Way on Climate Change | Commentary

Each day I walk into my district office, I am guided by the iconic arrowhead symbol of the National Park Service.

Why China Votes 'No' on TPA | Commentary

By Jay Chittooran

Congress Should Launch Bipartisan Investigation of 'Short-Sale' Market | Commentary

During his Oscar-nominated cameo in “A History of Violence,” William Hurt declares ominously to the brother he is about to have murdered, “You cost me ... you cost me a helluva lot!” In a much broader sense, and in the real world, the rise of the Regulatory State has cost us a lot; a helluva lot, if you will — in excess of $2 trillion annually, as estimated by Forbes.

Rush to Judgment | Commentary

By Barry M. Blechman

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Focus on Restoration — Not Misinformation | Commentary

By Douglas J. Meffert, David Muth and Steve Cochran

Pennsylvania Infrastructure Tour Underscores Essential Federal Role in Transportation | Commentary

Earlier this month, I was joined by members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which I chair, other members of Congress and five state secretaries of Transportation from around the country as we traveled across my home state of Pennsylvania.

We Can't Afford to Back Down From Infrastructure Investments | Commentary

In Pennsylvania, we have some of the most run-down roads and bridges in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 22 percent of our state’s roads have unacceptable pavement quality and 43 percent of our bridges are functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Earlier this month, I visited the Greenfield Bridge, where another bridge had to be built underneath to protect drivers from debris falling from Greenfield’s crumbling infrastructure.

Iran Framework Could Yield Middle East Nuclear Proliferation | Commentary

By Rep. Charlie Dent

You May Not Have Heard of This Dodd-Frank Provision, but It’s Saving Lives | Commentary

By Samir Goswami

This Is No Time for Partisan Politics: Vote on Loretta Lynch Now | Commentary

By Al Sharpton

Changing the Political Landscape, One Race at a Time | Letter to the Editor

By Matt Walter

Time for Congress to Reform Cable TV Laws | Commentary

By Matthew M. Polka

After King v. Burwell, Republicans' Goal Should Be Federalism on Steroids | Commentary

By Paul Howard and Yevgeniy Feyman

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Playing Politics With Our Health | Commentary

By Jeff Volek

The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change | Commentary

Most Americans know, in general, about climate change. Even those who dispute it have read or heard about rising tides, melting ice caps and superstorms.

Congress Must Protect the Wild Silence of the Arctic Refuge | Commentary

Recently, President Barack Obama and his administration signed the Record of Decision for the updated management plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and transmitted a wilderness recommendation to Congress — finalizing the decision to recommend 12.28 million acres of wilderness for the Arctic Refuge and its biologically sensitive coastal plain. Now it’s Congress’ turn.

A Peculiar Identification | Letter to the Editor

Emma Dumain’s April 10 blog post, “House Democrats Forced to Choose Sides in Iran Debate” features both a false assumption and a peculiar identification.

A Deal Is a Deal | Commentary

By Tim Canoll

So-Called Innovation Act Will Squelch Innovation | Commentary

Three years ago, Congress changed American patent law from a “first to discover” to a “first to file” system. Now, without waiting for these changes to be fully absorbed, some members of Congress are proposing additional changes that would impair the culture of innovation that makes America the place where someone is always trying to build a better mousetrap.

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