Shale boom may help lead U.S. to energy independence

The United States could pass its 1970s peak as an oil-and-gas producer in less than a decade with the help of a shale formation in Pennsylvania. Full Story »

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Dec. 29, 2011

A poorly written, overly conspicuous industry puff-piece of propaganda unable to even mask itself as bad journalism. There are several obvious falsehoods: hydraulic fracturing goes back to 19th century gold and silver mining and even then was considered environmentally destructive by an age which was itself environmentally destructive. As a Colorado native, I’ve lived through at least four attempts to get petroleum out of rocks–an inefficient process that’s both expensive and environmentally destructive–and one which has been abandoned again and again. As for the that fairytale about eliminating dependence on foreign oil, the fact that both the Seattle Times and the article’s author think us to be so stupid as to ... More »

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Dec. 25, 2011

An example of bad journalism splashed on the front page of the Times. A puff piece for fracking that will lead to destruction of water tables, noxious atmospheric releases, and releases of methane and carbon dioxide that threaten to kill life as we know it on the planet. The prime emphasis on energy independence could have been composed directly by the Koch brothers or their brothers of greed in the gas and oil industry. The Seattle Times shows it's republicon amore here.

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Ben Ross
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by Ben Ross - Dec. 25, 2011

not good journalism...if you could call it that. What is the consequence to the environment in this development? Who loses ? What are the opposing views? the Headline is contradicted within the body of the story....Canada and Mexico are not states of the US of A.

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