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ISBN: 9780976751090
Year Added to Catalog: 2014
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: B&W Illustrations
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 162
Book Publisher: Post Carbon Institute
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Web Product ID: 825

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Snake Oil

How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future

by Richard Heinberg

"When some things are too hard or painful to understand, it takes a heroic effort to even try to get a message across. Richard Heinberg is a beacon of light cutting through the fog of wishful thinking to illuminate the critical issues by which the human project may stand or fall: energy and economy."

James Howard Kunstler, author of Too Much Magic and The Long Emergency

Fracking for shale gas and oil is no cure-all.

The rapid spread of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has temporarily boosted US natural gas and oil production . . . and sparked a massive environmental backlash in communities across the country. The fossil-fuel industry is trying to sell fracking as the biggest energy development of the century, with slick promises of American energy independence and benefits to local economies.

Snake Oil casts a critical eye on the oil-industry hype that has hijacked America's energy conversation. This is the first book to look at fracking from both economic and environmental perspectives, informed by the most thorough analysis of shale gas and oil drilling data ever undertaken. Is fracking the miracle cure-all to our energy ills, or a costly distraction from the necessary work of reducing our fossil-fuel dependence?


About the Author

Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is the author of eleven books, including The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality and The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies. He is senior fellow-in-residence of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The Ecologist, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Z Magazine, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, Pacific Ecologist, and The Sun, and on web sites ...

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