Energy resources: what you should know about North Dakota oil & shale gas

Two AEI pieces which highlight how overflowing supplies of oil and natural gas undermine the argument for massive subsidies of alternative fuels "that may never deliver competitive bang for the buck."

As the debate over the feasibility of renewable energy continues, I thought you might be interested in AEI’s Energy Fact of the Week in which AEI energy and environment scholar Steve Hayward highlights the North Dakota oil boom:

"North Dakota’s oil production had increased 138 percent in the three-year period from January 2008 to January 2011, to 342,000 barrels a day, making it the fourth-largest oil producing state, ahead of historic oil giants Oklahoma and Louisiana. . . . At this rate, North Dakota will pass California and Alaska to become the second-largest oil producing state within a year."

In Future Energy: natural gas fracking--who blew up the 'bridge to the future? AEI visiting fellow Jon Entine writes about the controversy surrounding shale gas and the anti-fracking groups who prevent this abundant fuel to be an energy game-changer -- even though the "International Energy Agency estimates there is quarter of a millennium's worth of cheap shale gas in the world based on current energy consumption."

Steve Hayward is the author of the Almanac of Environmental Trends and a contributor to AEI's Energy and Environment Outlook series. He can be reached at shayward@aei.org or through his assistant hiwa.alaghebandian@aei.org. Jon Entine researches and writes about science and corporate responsibility. He can be reached at jentine@aei.org.

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Steven F.
Hayward
  • Steven F. Hayward was previously the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at AEI. He is the author of the Almanac of Environmental Trends, and the author of many books on environmental topics. He has written biographies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and of Winston Churchill, and the upcoming book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents. He contributed to AEI's Energy and Environment Outlook series. 

 

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Entine
  • Jon Entine, a former Emmy-winning producer for NBC News and ABC News, researches and writes about corporate responsibility and science and society. His books include No Crime But Prejudice: Fischer Homes, the Immigration Fiasco, and Extra-Judicial Prosecution (TFG Books, May 2009), about prosecutorial excesses; Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People (Grand Central Publishing, 2007), which focuses on the genetics of race; Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (AEI Press, 2006), about the genetic modification of food and farming; Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing (AEI Press, 2005), which reveals the effects of social investing on pension funds; and the best-selling Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It (Public Affairs, 2000), based on an award-winning NBC News documentary. Currently, Mr. Entine is an adviser to Global Governance Watch (GGW), a project that examines transparency and accountability issues at the United Nations (UN), in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and in related international organizations. GGW also analyzes the impact of UN agencies and NGOs on government and corporations. He is also working on a book exploring the revolutionary impact of genomic research on medical treatments and traditional perceptions of human limits and capabilities.


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