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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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On Time Travel

I read and watched a good deal of scifi growing up. Isaac Asimov. A Canticle for Leibowitz. Doctor Who (Tom Baker, of course.)  So I am quite familiar with the problems with time travel. You go back in time, right some wrong, and before you know it you’ve messed up the future entirely. Therefore, if given the […]

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The Beeb

Maybe it’s the accents. But when the BBC 4’s Tom Heap came to Texas to do a report on fracking, he got me to thinking and talking clearly. Yeah, must be the accent. I talk about the precautionary principle and how the US tends to be drill first, ask questions later. Here’s a link to […]

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Does Fracking Contaminate Aquifers?

When a well is fracked, is it possible for the manmade cracks to allow briny water or chemicals into aquifers? The answer is a resounding no. Two scientific papers released earlier this week make this point abundantly clear. First, there was a lengthy report on an investigation into six wells drilled into the Marcellus Shale […]

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Reader reviews… keep ’em coming

One of the things I like most as an author is the reader review. These are from people who read my book and take the time to write up their thoughts. (Yes, I like reviews from book reviewers, too.) A WordPress blogger — My Green Misadventure — recently wrote one such review. An excerpt: Gold’s […]

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A NCSL video

This week, I spoke at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures. More state reps and state senators than you could shake a stick at. Glad that I went — met a lot of folks on the front line of regulating the energy boom. The NCSL folks shot a video Q&A interview. Available […]

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Lewis, Isaacson, Piketty & Me

Big news for The Boom! The long list for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award is out — and The Boom is on it. Here’s the competition. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. Gulp. Capital in the Twenty First Century by Thomas Piketty. Yikes. A forthcoming Walter Isaacson book. Plus the Koch Brother […]

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Apocalyptical Strip Mining

This is fun. My esteemed and talented editor, Ben Loehnen, recorded a video about why he wanted to acquire and publish The Boom. He was curious about the future and wondered whether “is the world going to look like an apocalyptic strip mine.” Ben, I hope I answered your question.

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I Will Never Be a Texan, But…

I will never be a Texan. I have lived in the state since the summer of 1996, have interviewed two governors and reported from more than 100 different countries. But I will never be a Texan. My children, from the moment of their birth, were more Texan than I will be on my dead bed. […]

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Hard Facts About Fracking

Today, OnEarth Magazine published its review of my book. It’s a good review and well thought out. Here’s my favorite excerpt: When Gold does turn from chronicling the boom to evaluating its consequences, however, he reaches a very simple conclusion: we need to slow down. Our communities, our health, our water, and our future climate, […]

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Tom Steyer, Coal and the Road to Damascus

There’s a long, interesting article in the New York Times from a couple days ago on Tom Steyer. It runs about 1,800 words, so I’ll give you the precis. Mr. Steyer is a preeminent climate hawk, the anti-Koch Brother, and “the most influential environmentalist in American politics.” But while he was running (helping run) Farallon […]

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Take Me Back to Tulsa

Ah, Tulsa. Home of the Golden Driller (above). Home to one of the quietest billionaires around. Home of fracking, where a couple mid-century engineers, trying to figure out the mystery of the missing cement, stumbled into a way to “hydrafrac” wells. The Tulsa World had a nice article about the book this weekend. The best part was […]

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The Fracking Debate, or the FT Reviews The Boom

The Financial Times published an interesting essay this weekend on fracking by Ed Crooks’, its energy editor since 2006. (Click here for the essay.) Very excited that of the five books he mentions, he singles out The Boom for particular praise. For a more rounded account, you need Russell Gold’s The Boom: the best overview available […]

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A Left Wing Oilman? Indeed.

In his review of the new book on the Koch Brothers, Nicholas Lemann makes a sweeping, but largely correct, observation about the politics of post-World War II oilmen. It would be hard to think of a rich oilman in the Southwest who wasn’t right-wing during Fred Koch’s midcentury heyday, but Koch seems to have been […]

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Rough Guide to Frackistan

Great story on my book in the current Texas Monthly. (Click here for a link.) And a great headline — Rough Guide to Frackistan. A quick excerpt: Russell Gold’s The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World (Simon and Schuster) tells not only a good story but one so rich in ironies and […]

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