Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, has changed America’s energy profile and could potentially upend the global energy market. Just this week, the International Energy Agency said the U.S. will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's largest oil producer by 2015. It’s a development with huge economic and geopolitical ramifications, as has been widely reported.
Less often discussed is why this revolution occurred in America – and not China, Russia, Canada or other countries with big shale deposits.
“This is a real American story,” says Greg Zuckerman, WSJ special reporter and author of, most recently, The Frackers. “Frankly, a lot of hard American perseverance did it.”
In the accompanying video, Zuckerman discusses the frackers at the center of his book -- men he calls “American dreamers” including:
George Mitchell: Often called “the father of fracking,” Mitchell wasRead More »from “A Real American Story”: Why the Fracking Revolution Happened Here