Attention Holiday shoppers – Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know drops today!

Attention Holiday shoppers – my latest book is now available. It’s a short paperback – makes a lovely stocking stuffer and gift for friends, family, and colleagues: = http://www.amazon.com/Hydrofracking-What-Everyone-Needs-Know/dp/0199311250/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383788943&sr=1-1&keywords=hydrofracking+what+everyone+needs+to+know = http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hydrofracking-alex-prudhomme/1114814073?ean=9780199311255 = Overview: Constantly in the news and the subject of much public debate, fracking, as it is known for short, is one of the most promising yet controversial methods of extracting natural gas and oil. Today, 90 percent of natural gas wells use fracking. Though highly effective, the process-which fractures rock with pressurized fluid-has been criticized for polluting land, air, and water, and endangering human health. A timely addition to Oxford’s What Everyone Needs to Knowseries, Hydrofracking tackles this contentious topic, exploring both sides of the debate and providing a clear guide to the science underlying the technique. In concise question-and-answer format, Alex Prud’homme cuts through the maze of opinions and rhetoric to uncover key points, from the economic and political benefits of fracking to the health dangers and negative effects on the environment. Prud’homme offers clear answers to a range of fundamental questions, including: What is fracking fluid? How does it impact water supplies? Who regulates the industry? How much recoverable natural gas exists in the U.S.? What new innovations are on the horizon? Supporters as diverse as President Obama and the conservative billionaire T. Boone Pickens have promoted natural gas as a clean, “21st-century” fuel that will reduce global warming, create jobs, and provide tax revenues, but concerns remain, with environmental activists like Bill McKibben and others leading protests to put an end to fracking as a means of obtaining alternative energy. Prud’homme considers ways to improve methods in...

Did you know that a new pipeline brings fracked gas into Greenwich Village?

Interesting Talk piece in this week’s NYer. Here’s the teaser   HAZARD DEPT. UNDERFOOT BY ANDREW MARANTZNOVEMBER 25, 2013 On a recent Saturday morning, Corey Johnson sat in a downtown café trying to persuade his neighbors that hydrofracking isn’t an issue that just concerns people in the boonies. Johnson, who is thirty-one, was recently elected to replace Christine Quinn as the City Council member from the Third District, which includes Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and the West Village. He was spreading the word about a brand-new pipeline that pumps fracked gas directly into the West Village. . . . To read the full story you need a subscription http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2013/11/25/131125ta_talk_marantz  ...

What is fracking’s Achilles’ Heel? Air, not water, pollution

Joe Nocera of the NYT has been pro fracking for quite awhile, but today he admits that methane leakage is the “achilles heel” of the industry. A thoughtful piece … OP-ED COLUMNIST Fracking’s Achilles’ Heel By JOE NOCERA Published: November 18, 2013 It’s not very often that someone starts his career as a geologist and then winds up as governor, but John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado, can make that claim. “We had fracking when I was a working geologist in 1981,” he told me on Monday. “It was very primitive. What really changed the world is when we got horizontal drilling. It was a technique that allowed you to recover a lot more natural gas.” Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Joe Nocera Go to Columnist Page » Joe Nocera’s Blog » Connect With Us on Twitter For Op-Ed, follow@nytopinion and to hear from the editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, follow@andyrNYT. Readers’ Comments Share your thoughts. Post a Comment » Read All Comments (94) » “But,” he added, almost poignantly, “it’s been polarizing.” That’s for sure. During the last election two weeks ago, four Colorado communities voted to ban hydraulic fracturing (to use the proper terminology). A fifth town, Longmont, voted against fracking a year ago, resulting in a lawsuitbrought by the oil and gas industry and joined by the State of Colorado. It is a state where the owner of a parcel of land doesn’t necessarily own the mineral rightsunderground, which is a source of enormous tension. Colorado has tens of thousands of wells — an economic boon — and also some of the most vocal anti-fracking activists in the country. Which perhaps helps explain why Monday’s...

The Tour begins: HYDROFRACKING: WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW

I’ll be talking about my new book at the following venues this week and next — I hope you’ll join me: 10/28 — Seattle: 7:30 PM, Town Hall (1119 8th Ave, Seattle WA, 98101) 10/29 — San Francisco: 7 PM, The World Affairs Council of Northern CA, auditorium (312 Sutter St, SF, CA, 94108) 10/30 — Denver: 7:30 PM, Tattered Cover LoDo (1628 16th St, Denver, CO, 80202) 11/4 — Chicago: 6 PM, International House, U of Chicago Assembly Hall 11/5 — LIttle Rock: 6 PM, Univ of Ark, Clinton School of Public Service (1414 E. 59th...

Bloomberg: “Unsexy” Water Tunnel No. 3 is Open for Business (40 years on)

It only took 40 years to build, its the largest capital project in NYC history, and few are aware of it, but at long last Tunnel Three is flowing.  Without it, the city might have gone dry — in part because tunnels 1 and 2 are so old that they risk collapse. A few years ago I was granted the rare opportunity to travel 600 feet underground and explore the tunnel as it was being built.  As I write in THE RIPPLE EFFECT, it was a fantastic experience, and I felt as if I’d been transported to another planet.  The NYC water system is stupendous, and the engineering of this tunnel is magnificent.  Here’s today’s NYT on the project: After Decades, a Water Tunnel Can Now Serve All of Manhattan Pool photo by Mary Altaffer 2006 Part of the tunnel running down the West Side of Manhattan. <nyt_byline> By MATT FLEGENHEIMER Published: October 16, 2013 FACEBOOK TWITTER GOOGLE+ SAVE E-MAIL SHARE PRINT REPRINTS <nyt_text><nyt_correction_top> Of all New York City’s sprawling mega-projects, the water tunnel snaking beneath the grid — connecting the Bronx to Upper Manhattan, Upper Manhattan to Central Park, Central Park to Queens, and, eventually, Queens to the western edge of Brooklyn — is perhaps the hardest to love. Connect With NYTMetro Follow us on Twitterand like us on Facebookfor news and conversation. Enlarge This Image New York Board of Water Supply 1973 Water Tunnel No. 3 was begun in 1970. Here, construction beneath Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Enlarge This Image Mario Cabrera/Associated Press 1984 Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, with Mayor Edward I. Koch behind him, creating the New York City Water...

“Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol I” turns 53 today, and is still going gangbusters

On this day in 1961, Mastering the ARt of French Cooking was published by Knopf (after nine years of work, rejections, etc). It remains in print today.  For the full story of the making of that book, read “My Life in France,” which I penned with Julia. Brain Pickings takes a look back: A Lesson in Entrepreneurship, Perseverance and Publishing from Iconic Chef Julia Child by Maria Popova “Don’t for the love of heaven let anybody rush you into anything.” On March 8, 1952, Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday today, sat down at her kitchen table in Paris and penned a fan letter to American historian and author Bernard DeVoto, discussing the peculiarities of French and American kitchen knives. But the letter was answered by DeVoto’s wife, Avis, described by one of her husband’s students at Harvard as “very good looking and very sexy-seeming and the only faculty wife who might have said ‘horseshit’ even to [Harvard] President Lowell.” This was the beginning of an epistolary friendship that unfolded into a rich and wide-spanning relationship, exploring the two women’s deepest thoughts and feelings as well as their most passionate professional pursuits and aspirations, as Avis became Julia’s confidant, great champion, and unofficial literary agent. As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto (public library) isn’t merely a collection of the 200 letters exchanged over the course of this extraordinary correspondence — it’s a powerful portrait not just of two visionary, worldly women who traveled extensively, read voraciously, and inhabited endlessly stimulating intellectual and social circles, but also of the sociocultural landscape of the 1950s and...