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The Bookshelf: June 4, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Real Cost of Fracking.

The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food by Michelle Bamberger

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THE REAL COST OF FRACKING: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food

by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald

Two significant questions loom over this study: “[W]hat degree of risk and environmental degradation are acceptable to obtain [fossil fuel] energy? Who should be asked to sacrifice, and who should profit?” At issue here is the contested practice of fracking, the hydraulic shattering of shale to extract trapped energy through the administration of chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic and have mutation and endocrine disruptor issues. The authors are not only lucid writers on scientific topics—the appendix on gas drilling should be required reading on the subject—but also warm storytellers, despite the contentious subject matter.

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