Groundswell: The Case for Fracking
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From a bestselling author comes a provocative exploration of the next big thing in energy--fracking--and its profound impact on geopolitics and the global economy.
In a few short years, the discovery of vast reserves of until now unreachable natural gas, and the adoption of a process to get at it, have brought about a shale-gas revolution that is transforming Canada and the United States. In Groundswell, Ezra Levant looks at fracking's enemies--who they are, and what they don't want us to know--and debunks claims about contaminated groundwater, fracking chemicals, and earthquakes. And he also looks at fracking's benefits: significant job and wealth creation, lower CO2 emissions, and, most importantly, increased political freedom. With natural gas in abundance, prices fall and the stranglehold of energy companies such as Russia's Gazprom loosens. Countries such as Ukraine, Poland, France, Israel, and China have vast reserves of shale gas, and accessing it could mean a monumental shift in energy politics.
In this timely and provocative book, Levant explores the promise of natural gas that fracking has made possible and provides an eye-opening look at a subject of growing international importance.
it that way. That’s what an editorial in Bulgaria’s largest-circulation newspaper, Dneven Trud, insisted, immediately after the legislature approved the ban. In “Russian Lobby Against Shale Gas,” editorial writer Ivan Sotirov was enraged at pro-Russian groups operating inside Bulgaria. It is why, he said, Bulgaria had yet to allow “a single serious strategic Western investor to set a foot in Bulgaria.”48 That might sound a bit dramatic. But the editorial noted that the most powerful political
came, would be seriously compromised by its economic dependence on outside forces. Smart sovereigntists know that. Lucien Bouchard was the former leader of the separatist party Bloc Québécois, when it was the federal opposition in Ottawa, and he was premier of Quebec, too, for five years, as leader of the separatist Parti Québécois. After that, though, Bouchard went on to become the head of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association – and he dedicated himself to convincing Quebecers that they needed to
“We have not found hydrocarbons. We have not found fracking chemicals. We have found nothing out of the ordinary,” he said. Another left-wing magazine called Counterpunch – it describes its work as “muckraking with a radical attitude” followed up on Gasland’s spectacular story of the Meeks family too. It subtitled its report “Poisoning the Wells,” so you can see where it’s coming from. But it too reported no evidence of any fracking contamination of water. In addition to the government’s water
why go for science when you have pyrotechnics? Except that, however startling it sounds, the phenomenon of burning tap water has been around far longer than fracking. Burning Spring, New York, was named for the natural gas that bubbled up in the spring water, and could be lit, Gasland style. It was first mapped by French explorer Robert de La Salle in 1669, who was brought there by local Indians.40 That’s the first town with such a name in the United States, but hardly the only one. There’s a
and Answers: Gazprom in Foreign Markets,” http://eng.gazpromquestions.ru/?id=4. 4. Ibid. 5. Gazprom website, “About Gazprom: Fields,” http://www.gazprom.com/about/production/projects/deposits/. 6. “Gazprom acquires Kyrgyzstan’s gas network, pledges secure supply,” Natural Gas Europe, July 29, 2013, http://www.naturalgaseurope.com/gazprom-takes-over-kyrgyzstans-gas. 7. Kostis Geropoulos, “Gazprom strengthens its grip on Turkey,” New Europe Online, February 12, 2012,