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The Bookshelf: Jan. 13, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Green and the Black.

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THE GREEN AND THE BLACK: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight Over Fracking, and the Future of Energy

by Gary Sernovitz

Sernovitz, managing director of Lime Rock, a private equity firm focusing on the oil and gas industry, a novelist (The Contrarians, 2002, etc.), and a journalist, calls this boom “the shale revolution.” ... The author pays close attention to fracking, explaining clearly just what it is and what it is not (when done properly), and he takes to task the 2010 documentary film Gasland for alarming the public about its hazards. .... While the bulk of the book is essentially a song of praise for the shale revolution, the final chapter, “Conclusions,” indicates that there are still problems to be solved and questions to be answered.

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