The Fracking Revolution: Has the World Focused on the Wrong Controversy?
What has been called the “Fracking Revolution” has profoundly altered the global outlook for oil and gas, and thus the geopolitics surrounding these energy sources. The “revolution” has not come without controversy, particularly about contamination of surface and ground water, and not only in North America but in the UK, Europe, and other parts of the world. Now that the “revolution” has survived an era of collapsed oil prices and these prices are again rising, it is time to take stock of what fracking technology can actually do and what it truly means for the future. Could it be, for example, that a different controversy with deeper long-term meaning has been largely ignored? Has the world spent its anxiety on the wrong issue? This seminar will address these questions and provide a new, and much needed, perspective.
Professor Scott L. Montgomery is a geoscientist, author, and affiliate faculty member in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He has 25 years' experience in the energy industry and has taught, lectured, and written on energy-related subjects since 2004. He is the author of 12 books, including Powers that Be: Global Energy for the 21st Century and Beyond, Seeing the Light: Making the Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, and Shape of the New: How Four Big Ideas Built the Modern World, a New York Times selection for Best Books of 2015.
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