Fracking America: Sacrificing Health and the Environment for Short-Term Economic Benefit

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About the book: Fracking America, by Dr. Walter M. Brasch, is a comprehensive and well-documented look at the impacts of a controversial process to extract gas and oil from more than a mile below the earth’s surface. It is a cross-over book that meets the demanding standards of academic scholarship, while also being easily readable by the general population. Among the chapters are those that focus upon the economic, political, health, and environmental impacts of fracking. The book also includes chapters about the history of oil/gas extraction, psychological and sociological effects upon those living in the shale areas, worker safety issues, effects upon agriculture and livestock, problems with fossil fuel transportation, theological perspectives about fracking and the environment, the anti-fracking movement, how the media cover the fracking industry and how the industry and those opposed to fracking use the media, and renewable energy. He also looks at colleges that allow fracking on their campuses and which also conduct, often for questionable motives and with grant money from the industry, research into fracking that reflects industry talking points. Fracking America presents complicated issues in an easy-to-understand fashion, while also humanizing the problems. Dr. Brasch interviewed more than 300 persons--including health and environmental professionals and citizen-activists, those who work in the industry, government officials, and those directly affected by the fracking process--in his research for the book. The book also reveals the often secret connections between politicians and the industry. It is this connection that has led to exaggerated claims about economic benefits, while disregarding health and environmental problems. The long-term benefits that politicians and the industry claim are nothing less than hype, says the author who had predicted the “boom” to “bubble” to “bust” in fracking long before it has become economically difficult for many oil and gas extraction corporations to survive. About the Author: Dr. Brasch, whose undergraduate work was in sciences and sociology/social welfare, is a former newspaper and magazine reporter and editor, and former writer-producer of multimedia productions. He is professor emeritus of journalism and mass communications from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Currently, he is a syndicated social issues columnist and commentator on social issues for the Sunbury Broadcasting Corp. Fracking America is his 20th book, most of which fuse history with contemporary social issues. He has won more than 200 media awards, including multiple awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, National Federation of Press Women, Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association, Press Club of Southern California, Pacific Coast Press Club, and California Newspaper Publishers Association. He is also the recipient of the Pennsylvania Press Club’s Communicator of Achievement award for lifetime service to journalism.

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Dr. Brasch is an award-winning journalist, multimedia writer-producer, and professor emeritus of mass communications. He is also the author of 20 other books, most of which fuse history with contemporary social issues.

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"Fracking America belongs on the bookshelf of everyone in the vast movement fighting the fracking scourge. It will help shapeand drive this battle in the years ahead." --Bill McKibben, author and Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College; founder, 350.org
  
"In this superb book, Brasch provides a much needed fact based overview of the impacts on people and the environment of unconventional gas extraction and production."--Dr. Damian Short, School of Advanced Study,University of London
 
"Fracking America is highlyrecommended for anyone studying the subject at any level, whether they arenewcomers to fracking or activists who have only researched environmentalimpact, and need to fill in the blanks on political processes and impacts that hold important questions about American freedoms and political maneuvering." --Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
 
"Dr. Brasch meticulously researched the issues behind fracking in all its complexity:geologic, environmental, social, economic, and political. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to safeguard their health and the environment." --Carol Terracina Hartman,Ph.D., environmental journalist
 
 
"Walter Brasch haspresented the many complicated issues surrounding shale gas drilling in a clear, easy to understand manner without over-simplifying them. This book is packed with information everyone living in any area being drilled or likely to be drilled by the gas industry needs to know about the environmental, public health and safety, and economic risks this dangerous practice poses."
--Karen Feridun, founder, Berks Gas Truth
 

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