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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.
Heinberg's '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