For decades, energy, especially oil, has been the weak spot of the United States. This indispensable economic resource has directly guided the state’s policies for a long time. Correspondingly, by the beginning of the 2000s, the energy renaissance of the U.S. was launched.
There is no doubt that the U.S. “shale revolution” is a game changer in the global energy markets. In less than a decade, it has positioned the U.S. as a net natural gas exporter and the world’s biggest crude oil producer.1 The Fracking Debate, written by Daniel Raimi, a senior research associate at Resources for the Future, scrutinizes the activity of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking for short, and its realization of the shale revolution.
At the very beginning of the book, Raimi clearly gives his aim, “to present a full view of shale development in the United States… which has benefits and risks and uncertainties at the same time… and to provide a better understanding of all three” (pp. 6, 9). In his book, Raimi compiles and assembles information he gathered during his research from his own interviews and conversations with experts, businesspeople, and academics in the fields of energy economics and the environment, environmental law, hydrogeology, state regulation, locals who reside near fracking places, books, articles, and reports he had read (p. 8).