The Boom - How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

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Russell Gold
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After decades of relying on foreign energy supplies, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has turned the US oil and gas industry around. Oil and especially an abundance of new natural gas supplies have launched the US back to the top of world energy producers, but it may not have come without a price.

Everything you ever thought you knew about fracking goes up in smoke once you read "The Boom" by Russell Gold. Gold's fair and balanced investigation into the new shale revolution is as eye opening as it is entertaining. 

“Americans like our abundant energy, but not the men who provide it," writes Gold. While America wants its energy cheap and in abundance, there is a palpable distrust with the companies tasked to provide it. This is the dilemma facing most Americans today.

thumbs.up2.png“Gold delves into the growing conflict between economic development and concerns over environmental damage, and explains why fracking is seen by some as a vital bridge to a sustainable energy future and feared by others as another excuse to postpone addressing the risks of climate change…. The Boom puts a human face on the unfinished story of our struggle to transition to a sustainable world.” – Steven Chu, Former United States Secretary of Energy

thumbs.up2.png“Gold’s book is an early must-read for 2014: it is both a thorough and fascinating examination of the fracking economy and the technological innovations that have made these new riches accessible (including the often catastrophic damage done in the process of obtaining them).” – Geoff Manaugh,

Russell Gold is an award-winning investigative journalist for The Wall Street Journal. He joined The Journal in the year 2000 after working for both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Antonio Express-News. He covered the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in 2010.

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Did You Know?

hor-drill.jpgHydraulic Fracturing, also known as Fracking, has created more than 1.7 million new American jobs already.  It is estimated that it will create 3.5 million by the year 2035.