Post Carbon Newsletter - Facts vs Hype
2. latest publications
3. fellows in the press
4. resilience picks
5. transition us update
We're being told that — thanks to technological advances like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling — the US is undergoing an energy revolution, leading us in a few short years to become once again the world's biggest oil producer and an exporter of natural gas. According to the Oil & Gas Industry and their proponents, "fracking" will provide the US with energy security, low energy prices for the foreseeable future, countless jobs, and economic growth.
Pointing to record low natural gas prices and increased production, policymakers and the media on both sides of the political aisle, as well as investors and utilities, have bought the hype and are shifting their plans and proposals with the expectation that the shale revolution is here to stay.
In a few weeks, we'll release 'DRILL, BABY, DRILL: Can unconventional fuels usher in a new era of energy abundance?' which takes a critical look at these claims. This report by PCI Fossil Fuels Fellow David Hughes endeavors to outline the scale of the problem in maintaining and growing energy throughput and examines some of the realities surrounding unconventional sources of oil and gas. It also examines the implications of what is likely to be the inevitable failure of technology and human ingenuity to continuously expand energy supplies in the face of resource limitations and the collateral environmental damage of attempting to do so.
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fellows and advisers in the press
transition US update
A monthly update from the US national hub of the international Transition movement.
Image credit: Report cover — Garth Lenz
Image credit: Elephant Butte damn — Sandra Postel
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