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Another book? Oh, yeah.

I am very excited to announce that I have signed a contract to write another book. My first book, The Boom, was shortlisted as a best business book of the year in 2014. It tells the definitive story about the rise of fracking, the people and the technology that changed the world. For now, all […]

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How Not To Climb a Wind Turbine

[This is a slight modification of a post on Medium. Skate on over to my Medium page and follow me.] Climbing A Wind Turbine If you decide to climb a wind turbine, let me suggest something. Do not climb a wind turbine in the July heat of Oklahoma. Perhaps you might prefer something along the […]

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Why Aubrey McClendon Mattered

Earlier this week, Aubrey McClendon died in a single-car accident in Oklahoma City. He was 56 years old. He was a hugely controversial and misunderstood person. I wrote two chapters about him in The Boom — and could have written much more. He was a fascinating person who engendered a wide range of emotions. I […]

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Fears of Water Contamination from Fracking Subside

Ever since hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, burst onto the national scene a few years ago, people worried it would lead to significant water contamination. That worry appears to be ebbing. The new University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll shows a big drop in concern about water contamination. Only 31% of respondents said that was […]

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New Classroom Guide Available

A Classroom Guide to The Boom is available for high school and college teachers.  It is intended to provide questions for discussions as well as links to data and further reading. Everything you need to integrate The Boom — and the modern energy revolution — into your classroom. Click below to download the most recent version […]

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The Poetry of the Marcellus Shale

Julia Spicher Kasdorf is producing some powerful, memorable poetry about the Marcellus Shale. She has written four poems about life atop the gas field; to date, three have been posted on a Penn State website in the run up to my visit to campus next week. They are written, mostly, from the point of view of landowners, […]

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Five Guys Bet on the Price of Oil

Scott Tong at NPR’s Marketplace did a great job reporting on a bet that “five oil nerds” made last year on the price of Brent crude. The bet wraps up at the end of the year. Five guys (yes, all guys) spend most of their time thinking about energy and oil. Certainly the wisdom of crowds […]

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My Trip to Kotzebue, Alaska

Tomorrow, or maybe the day after, President Obama will visit Kotzebue, Alaska, a tiny village on the Chukchi Sea. Eight years ago, I spent a couple days in Kotzebue and then traveled up the river to Shungnak to write a story about high gasoline prices. I visited the wind farm where I suspect President Obama […]

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IRE Presentation June 2015

the annual conference of the Investigative Reporters & Editors For all For everyone who is interested, here is a copy of the presentation I made to the annual Investigative Reporters & Editors conference called “Oil on the Tracks.” IRE presentation 2015 0605

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New & Improved Classroom Guide available!

A Classroom Guide to The Boom is available for high school and college teachers.  It is intended to provide questions for discussions as well as links to data and further reading. Everything you need to integrate The Boom — and the modern energy revolution — into your classroom. Click below to download the most recent version […]

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Eight Track Museum Closes; Dallas Poorer For It

Back in 2010, I wrote an a-hed about a guy in Dallas and his quest to open a museum honoring that most maligned musical format: the eight track. Reporting the article and hanging out with the would-be curator, Bucks Burnett, was fun. I learned. I learned that eight tracks were sized to fit just so in […]

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All Things Considered…

A pleasure to talk today with Melissa Block about the crude train that exploded in West Virginia. (Here is the link.) It was a good talk. My only regret is that I didn’t get a better music bumper. How about something from Johnny Cash’s album Boom Chicka Boom? An old-timey version of I’ve Been Working […]

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This is a Christmas Tree

This, folks, is a Christmas tree (left). It’s an oilfield Christmas tree, a set of valves atop a well that controls the fluids. Why bring this up? Because this could be a Christmas present. Or Hanukah. Sure, this is shameless marketing. But I got the idea from readers, several in fact, who mentioned they were buying the book […]

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5

An enormous thank you to all the readers past, present, and future of The Boom. I just heard it is entering its fifth printing, which is fantastic news. I have no idea how many more hardcovers this means will be in circulation. Working on the render unto Caesar principle, I’ll leave that to the folks at Simon […]

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