Category Archives: Fracking

Donald Trump, the Energy President?

This is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote after Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address (emphasis in original): I keep circling back to the central irony of the Obama Presidency: Obama could have been the Energy President. … Continue reading

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Father Gaia, on the Green Movement: “It’s a religion, you see. It’s totally unscientific.”

At 97, James Lovelock, futurist and creator of the Gaia Hypothesis, is just hitting his stride. And it’s causing some concern among his acolytes. (The Gaia Hypothesis holds that the Earth is more a self-regulating organism life form than a ball of molten iron … Continue reading

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Royalty: It’s Not Just for Royalty Anymore #fracking

A recent article in the New York Times considered disparity of income distribution in the U.S. An attached graphic, reproduced and annotated below, shows the income threshold to be in the top 1% of income earners, by county, in the … Continue reading

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If you believe #fracking causes Oklahoma earthquakes, then you should also believe that Islam causes terrorism.

Because both beliefs are founded in the same kind of sloppy, simplified guilt-by-association reasoning applied to a complex problem. Fivethirtyeight.com has a decent, not perfect*, description of Oklahoma’s earthquake dilemma. Now, I’m a thousand miles away and only mildly educated … Continue reading

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Settled Science on the Proper Spelling of ‘Fracking’ #fracking #rsrh

1. Phonetically, ‘fracing’ makes no sense. 2. We already have ‘picnicking’. 3. So it’s ‘fracking’. Q.E.D.

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The Inevitable Shakeout in the Shale Patch

Shakeout Threatens Shale Patch as Frackers Go for Broke The U.S. shale patch is facing a shakeout as drillers struggle to keep pace with the relentless spending needed to get oil and gas out of the ground. Shale debt has … Continue reading

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R.I.P. George Mitchell, Father of the Shale Boom

George Mitchell, a son of a goatherd and a brilliant petroleum engineer and entrepreneur, died on Friday in Galveston at the age of 94. Mr. Mitchell’s role in championing new drilling and production techniques like hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is … Continue reading

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Eagle Ford Shale wells visible from space (photos) #rsrh

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/07/05/eagle-ford-shale-wells-visible-from-space/#13828-2 NASA said, “A band of lighting visible to the southeast of San Antonio marks well pads associated with the Eagle Ford Formation (also known as the Eagle Ford Shale). This geologic formation is an important producer of both oil … Continue reading

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The “Evolving” Energy Policies of President Bystander

In a "groundbreaking" speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, Barack Obama rehashed the same anti-Big Oil themes and half-baked energy policies that have marked his Administration since 2009. (See here and here for historical examples.) One change: President Obama has decided … Continue reading

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Kennedy, Unhinged

If you shut your eyes for just a moment while reading this latest HuffPo post by Robert Kennedy, Jr., you can almost hear the gobs of spittle smacking his monitor as he wrote. Continue reading

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