Fracking America : sacrificing health and the environment for short-term economic benefit / by Walter M. Brasch
- Brasch, Walter M., 1945-2017
- Sacramento, California : Greeley & Stone, Publishers, LLC, 2015.
- Physical Description:
- xx, 668 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
- Preface and acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Part I. Historical, political, and economic issues. A brief history of America's energy policies - The economics of fracking - Seizing private property - Following the money - Pennsylvania's all-gas administration -- Part II. Health and environmental issues. Methane as a greenhouse gas - Public health issues - Air pollution and health effects - Water pollution - Wastewater removal - Psychological effects from fracking - Worker issues - Effects upon agriculture, livestock, and wildlife - Trucks, trains, pipelines, and condensors: transporting fossil fuel - Gagging the public and the health care industry - Theological perspectives on the environment - Bans and moratoriums -- Part III. Social issues and problems. Government and industry response - The chilling effect of business and government collusion - Fracking academic integrity - The revolving door - The people push back - Framing the message in 30 frames per second--and other media - From 'boom' to 'bubble' to 'bust' -- A brief look into the future -- Endnotes -- Index -- About the author.
- Fracking America, by Dr. Walter M. Brasch, is a comprehensive and well-documented look at the impacts of a controversial process to extract gas and oil from more than a mile below the earth’s surface. It is a cross-over book that meets the demanding standards of academic scholarship, while also being easily readable by the general population. Among the chapters are those that focus upon the economic, political, health, and environmental impacts of fracking. The book also includes chapters about the history of oil/gas extraction, psychological and sociological effects upon those living in the shale areas, worker safety issues, effects upon agriculture and livestock, problems with fossil fuel transportation, theological perspectives about fracking and the environment, the anti-fracking movement, how the media cover the fracking industry and how the industry and those opposed to fracking use the media, and renewable energy. He also looks at colleges that allow fracking on their campuses and which also conduct, often for questionable motives and with grant money from the industry, research into fracking that reflects industry talking points. Fracking America presents complicated issues in an easy-to-understand fashion, while also humanizing the problems. Dr. Brasch interviewed more than 300 persons--including health and environmental professionals and citizen-activists, those who work in the industry, government officials, and those directly affected by the fracking process--in his research for the book. The book also reveals the often secret connections between politicians and the industry. It is this connection that has led to exaggerated claims about economic benefits, while disregarding health and environmental problems. The long-term benefits that politicians and the industry claim are nothing less than hype, says the author who had predicted the “boom” to “bubble” to “bust” in fracking long before it has become economically difficult for many oil and gas extraction corporations to survive.
- 9780942991277 (trade paper)
0942991273 (trade paper)
9780942991284 (case bound)
0942991281 (case bound)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 567-637) and index.
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