Natural Gas: Promise and Perils
Natural gas extracted from deep shale deposits has been hailed as the key to America’s energy future. Compared to alternatives, natural gas is cleaner and is said to produce fewer greenhouse gases. It is also forecasted to be available at affordable prices, but some say as production rises, extraction costs will go up as well putting a squeeze on profitability. In addition, many argue short and long term environmental risks have yet to be adequately addressed by regulators or the industry: Opportunities and unanswered question about this country’s natural gas boom.
national reporter, The New York Times.
Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering
Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow
writer and author of "The End of Country"
former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.