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Groundswell: The Case for Fracking Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
It is more an economics and politics book than a science treatise, and there are plenty of issues in fracking economics and politics to discuss. In an easy conversational writing style, Ezra Levant powerfully debunks a litany of myths regularly asserted by anti-fracking activists.
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Levant quickly dismisses the idea that hydraulic fracturing is anything new, noting the technique was first used on a vertical well in 1947 by Standard Oil and Gas Corporation, which patented the process in 1949. He also provides an illuminating discussion of horizontal drilling, which has gone hand-in-hand with hydraulic fracturing to launch our nation’s recent oil and natural gas renaissance.
Levant provides a bent-straw analogy to explain how a drill string turns over and ends up drilling horizontally, following a shale seam for thousands of feet instead of vertically for hundreds of feet. The modern process was first tried 10 years ago in a well in the Barnett Shale in Texas.
Levant notes fracking has revived America’s oil and natural gas industries, turning the United States into the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. The word “revolution” is tossed around liberally, but it truly fits our natural gas renaissance. He quotes a 2013 Goldman Sachs report stating fracking will give the United States an economic advantage in the world energy market for years to come.
Of greater importance, the Goldman Sachs report recognizes it is not just energy we are talking about, but also the positive impact of affordable and abundant energy on steel, metals, chemicals, infrastructure, and other industries that are massive users of energy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An enthusiastic and fun ( if not exactly nuanced) polemic. I appreciated the author citing a researcher at CORE for the proposition that poverty advocates acknowledge that Fracking... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David H Miles
Ezra Levant does a great job addressing each of the much publicized problems with fracking and demolishes the fabricated issues with ample references to prove his points, even... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Susan P
Easy to read book in favor of hydraulic fracking. An interesting account country-by-country of reasons for/against fracking. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
"The most incredible effect of fracking is the impact it has on the amount of energy we have in the world. Read more
Anyone can write anything about anything as I am sure Mr. Levant is well aware. His scurrilous screeds are shameful including his nasty insults of Native Canadians. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marilyn K. Hunt
Excellent! Extremely well-reasoned treatise on an often emotionally-charged subject.Published 21 months ago by James L Whitely
This is a devastating book - one of the most important to appear in the past ten years.
It tells the story of an energy revolution - a revolution that is safeguarding... Read more