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Post Carbon David Hughes New Shale Gas Report: Drill Baby Drill


A provocative new analysis of so-called unconventional fuel reserves in the United States concludes that the exuberant forecasts are simply unwarranted based on the facts of geology. In short, the hype around shale gas is just that. Hype. We speak with the author of the Drill Baby Drill study. David Hughes is a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute.

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In this landmark report, PCI Fossil Fuel Fellow David Hughes takes a far-ranging and painstakingly researched look at the prospects for various unconventional fuels to provide energy abundance for the United States in the 21st Century. While the report examines a range of energy sources, the centerpiece of “Drill, Baby, Drill” is a critical analysis of shale gas and shale oil (tight oil) and the potential of a shale “revolution.”

2 Comments on "Post Carbon David Hughes New Shale Gas Report: Drill Baby Drill"

  1. Plantagenet on Sat, 23rd Feb 2013 12:28 am 

    Hughes concludes that Obama was lying when he claimed that frakking had unlocked a “100 year long supply of NG” and that frakking would make the US “energy independent.”

    Sadly, Dr. Hughes may be right.

  2. John Baldwin on Sat, 23rd Feb 2013 7:54 am 

    The author has been saying this since 2008 and looks completely off the pace. When the facts change, time to update the analysis.

    Will he still be saying that shale gas is not significant in 2020? In 2030. We will see, but it does appear that the shale gas transformation is taking hold across the planet. The natural gas has been there 300-400 million years, in the next 5 years we will see shale gas production all over the world building on the amazing technology developed on the US that is transforming the world energy market.

    Not looking good for coal, is looking good for planet earth

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