The Boom

The Boom

How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

Book - 2014
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An award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist offers an insightful, no-holds-barred exploration of today's most controversial yet promising new energy technology: fracking.

Russell Gold, a brilliant and dogged investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal , has spent more than a decade reporting on one of the biggest stories of our time: the spectacular, world-changing rise of "fracking." Recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for his work, Gold has traveled along the pipelines and into the hubs of this country's energy infrastructure; he has visited frack sites from Texas to North Dakota; and he has conducted thousands of interviews with engineers and wildcatters, CEOs and roughnecks, environmentalists and politicians. He has also sifted through reams of engineering reports, lawsuit transcripts, and financial filings. The result is an essential book--a commanding piece of journalism, an astounding study of human ingenuity, and an epic work of storytelling.

Fracking has vociferous critics and fervent defenders, but the debate between these camps has obscured the actual story: Fracking has become a fixture of the American landscape and the global economy. It has upended the business models of energy companies around the globe, and it has started to change geopolitics and global energy markets in profound ways. Gold tells the story of this once-obscure oilfield technology--a story with an incredible cast of tycoons and geologists, dreamers and drillers, speculators and skeptics, a story that answers a critical question of our time: Where will the energy come from to power our world--and what price will we have to pay for it?
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451692280
Characteristics: vii, 366 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Feb 14, 2015

A tough slog of a read. I did not learn anything

ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

As controversial as it is profitable, hydraulic fracturing - or "fracking" - has evolved from an obscure mechanical process to a commonplace practice: 100 wells are drilled every day in the United States; each one of them is fracked. In The Boom, investigative journalist Russell Gold, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal as well as a Pulitzer Prize finalist, describes how North America's extensive shale deposits and technology that facilitates fuel extraction have contributed to the rise of natural gas as a serious competitor to coal and nuclear power. He also reflects on the consequences of prolonging the life of an energy economy based on fossil fuels at a time when the threat of climate change looms large. Nature and Science December 2014 newsletter.


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