Gregory Zuckerman’s The Frackers tells the stories of these energy tycoons, intertwining the accounts of their personal and professional losses and gains in a dramatic narrative. Each of these men greatly impacted the economical and environmental spheres of American history. From the introduction of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which is a technique of pumping gallons of various liquid substances, including water, into shale rocks to create fissures for gas to escape – to horizontal drilling, a method that involves drilling narrow strips of rock that are loaded with oil beneath the ground – Zuckerman shows the cunning and innovation of the leading men in the industry. The Frackers details the transformation of the United States from a country dependent on foreign imports for its energy industry to the world’s largest producer of natural gas.
The Collaboration Economy by Eric Lowitt explores the ways in which modern corporations, the state of the environment and social justice issues are inextricably intertwined. In the first part of The Collaboration Economy, Lowitt delineates the deficiencies associated with the current state of the economy, which he coins the “Waste Economy.” He depicts the current economic framework as unsustainable, impractical and inefficient, both environmentally and financially. His descriptions make evident the need for concerted action to develop more future- […]
The flier containing information about an upcoming presentation was titled Myth of the American Energy Crisis. I thought to myself this is a catchy title for sure and it includes the word “energy,” so I had better clear that date on my calendar so I could check out what I was hoping would be a brilliant presentation on energy and politics by Mark Chapin Johnson, PhD at the Center Club in Orange County, California on September 12, 2012. It turned out that I was not disappointed. The bottom line according to Dr. Johnson is that virtually everything we know and think about the merits of ethanol is actually the opposite […]
In his most recent book, “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World,” (Sept 20, 2011) Pulitzer Prize author Daniel Yergin makes a strong case that energy forms the backbone of the economic system in the United States. Yergin’s position is that since we have a fast paced growing world economy, if […]
The latest edition of the Wharton Magazine features one of the boldest books I’ve seen in a long time. In “Sustainability: The Future of Value”, Wharton MBA Eric Lowitt takes on a brutal uphill battle, arguing that sustainability is actually critical to the success of a firm. While many firms commit resources to “appearing” sustainable […]