The rapid spread of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") has temporarily
boosted US natural gas and oil production... and sparked a massive
environmental backlash in communities across the country. SNAKE OIL casts a critical
eye on the oil-industry hype that has hijacked America's energy
conversation. This is the first book to look at fracking from both
economic and environmental perspectives, informed by the most thorough
analysis of data ever undertaken. Is fracking
the miracle cure-all to our energy ills, or a costly distraction from reducing our fossil fuel dependence?