Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment

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New Press, 2016 - Science - 364 pages
A new and controversial energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has rocketed to the forefront of U.S. energy production. With fracking, millions of gallons of water, dangerous chemicals, and sand are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, fracturing hard rock to release oil and gas.

In Frackopoly, Wenonah Hauter, one of the nation's leading clean-water advocates, argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. This is the first book to describe how the fracking industry began, the technologies that make it possible, the destruction and poisoning of clean water sources, and the release of harmful radiation from deep inside shale deposits.

Hauter travels the country, interviewing leading experts, activists, and scholars, and reveals not only overwhelming evidence of the harm that fracking causes but also a major groundswell of opposition to the practice in every state and from many different political quarters. Frackopoly also examines the powerful interests, including leading environmental groups, that have supported fracking and offers a thorough debunking of its supposed economic benefits.

With a wealth of new data, Frackopoly is essential and riveting reading for anyone interested in protecting the environment and ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for all Americans.

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Hauter took on much more than could be accomplished comfortably in one book. She tried to describe the political, corporative, scientific and environmental pieces of the issue going back an entire ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food & Water Watch, a D.C.-based watchdog organization focused on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and fishing. She has worked and written extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state, and local levels. She owns a working farm in The Plains, Virginia.

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