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Fracking lies, myths and statistics: BS Detector

Feb 22, 2013
Energy and environment myths and misperceptions we're uncovering on the Petro-state beat

Fracking boosts U.S. manufacturing: But by how much?

Feb 11, 2013
North America's oil and gas fracking boom has some predicting a long boom and manufacturing renaissance. Consultant Trevor Houser has some new numbers, and a more moderate take.

An OKC soap opera: Oklahoma City's natural gas drama

Jan 30, 2013
The real scoop on why CEO Aubrey McClendon is out at Chesapeake Energy -- and it's not because of his salary or personal jet.

U.S., Mexico have lowest gas, carbon taxes in rich world

Jan 28, 2013
Among the world's most developed countries, Turkey and the Netherlands tax gas and carbon use at the highest rate; the U.S., Mexico and Canada tax carbon and gas at the lowest rates.
Posted In: climate, carbon tax, greenhouse gases, subsidies

Does the fracking boom kill renewables?

Jan 25, 2013
We ask Ethan Zindler of Bloomberg New Energy Finance if a clean energy boom and the expansion of fracking are mutually exclusive.
Posted In: renewable energy, fossil fuels, energy

Fracking concerns: An extended Petro-State Frack Check of 'Promised Land'

Jan 16, 2013
A few additional fact checks and comments on "Promised Land," the Matt Damon film on fracking and natural gas.
Posted In: fracking

Natural gas fracking: big trouble or bridge fuel?

Jan 15, 2013
In our Petro-State podcast, we talk to Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations about the potential of natural gas to transition us to a low-carbon future. And we play fracking BS Detector.
Posted In: natural gas, energy, fracking, climate, carbon-dioxide emissions

The battle over exporting natural gas

Jan 11, 2013
Sellers want a bigger market, but buyers say that will lead to higher prices.
Posted In: fracking, natural gas

U.S. reliance on foreign oil is declining

Jan 9, 2013
The U.S. is importing less oil, and that will continue into next year. The Energy Information Administration expects the lowest oil import levels in 25 years.
Posted In: Oil, energy, import export

Fact Check: The truth behind fracking claims in 'Promised Land'

Jan 8, 2013
Dead cows in Pennsylvania? Sorting out fact from fiction in the new feature movie "Promised Land" starring Matt Damon, which examines the underworld of the booming industry of hydraulic fracturing
Posted In: fracking

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“The New Petro-State?” is Marketplace's coverage of the surge in oil and gas production that could turn the United States into the next Petro-State, and the hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking") technology that’s made it possible. The petro-boom question has vast implications for the U.S. economy: movement toward energy self-sufficiency, job creation, domestic manufacturing jobs. It has stoked a global debate over realigning traditional energy power in the world. The rush to frack has also raised questions about drinking water safety, wastewater disposal and treatment, land rights, seismic activity, and the costs and benefits of drilling to local communities.