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The Shale Controversy:
The Shale-Oil and Shale-Gas Revolution

By Dr. Ian Dexter Palmer


Cheap oil is hard to quit. The benefits of shale-oil and shale-gas have made the United States self-sufficient in oil for the first time since 1947, while inexpensive oil and gas has lifted millions of people around the world into the middle class.

In the early 2000s, the shale-gas and shale-oil revolution took off in the United States. Dr. Ian Palmer was in the middle of it all, beginning a new career in Texas as an energy consultant. Before that, he was a fracking engineer for 18 years at Amoco Corporation and British Petroleum.

In The Shale Controversy: The Shale-Oil and Shale-Gas Revolution, Dr. Palmer details the complex issues of fracking and examines the dilemma faced by energy companies that are responsible for a large portion of greenhouse gases that have contributed to global warming. Leveraging decades of industry experience and independent research, Dr. Palmer presents the unvarnished and unbiased facts for anyone interested in understanding the history and future of fracking and the connection to climate change.

Available for interviews, expert commentary and byline articles, Dr. Palmer can discuss/write on:
• How the U.S. became energy independent for the first time in 70 years
• Covid and the oil crash of 2020: implications for the energy industry and climate
• The oil production gap and what it means for the Paris Agreement
• Dangers of fracking, including water contamination, earthquakes, and global warming
• Australia and California: examples of what the future holds as the earth heats
• The world’s largest oil field, in Texas
• Massive water requirements for fracking, a point of criticism for parched southern states
• The deep concerns around methane leaks from wells and pipelines
• Primer on how fracking works (Dr. Palmer writes, “fracking is just cracking.”)

With overproduction and Covid-19 driving down demand, oil prices are the lowest they’ve been in several years. The industry is facing a reckoning and is poised for major overhaul. Tellingly, British Petroleum pledged to cut oil and gas production by 40% by 2030. Should other oil and gas companies follow suit, laying a greener path into the future? How much should companies decrease drilling and fracking, and by when? Dr. Palmer wrestles with these questions and many others in this important book that looks at the true cost of cheap oil.

Learn more about Dr. Palmer.

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