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  1. 10.6 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    From the front lines of the fracking debate, a “field philosopher” explores one of our most divisive technologies. When philosophy professor Adam Briggle moved to Denton, Texas, he had never heard of fracking. Only five years later he would successfully lead a citizens’ initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton, the first Texas town to challenge the oil and gas industry. On his journey to learn about fracking and its effects, he leaped from the ivory tower into the fray. In beautifully narrated chapters, Briggle brings us to town hall debates and neighborhood meetings where citizens wrestle with issues few fully understand. Is fracking safe? How does it affect the local economy? Why are bakeries prohibited in neighborhoods while gas wells are permitted next to playgrounds? In his quest for answers Briggle meets people like Cathy McMullen. Her neighbors’ cows asphyxiated after drinking fracking fluids, and her orchard was razed to make way for a pipeline. Cathy did not consent to drilling, but those who profited lived far out of harm’s way. Briggle’s first instinct was to think about fracking, deeply. Drawing on philosophers from Socrates to Kant, but also on conversations with engineers, legislators, and industry representatives, he develops a simple theory to evaluate fracking: we should give those at risk to harm a stake in the decisions we make, and we should monitor for and correct any problems that arise. Finding this regulatory process short-circuited, and with government and industry alike turning a blind eye to symptoms like earthquakes and nosebleeds, Briggle decides to take action. Though our field philosopher is initially out of his element, joining fierce activists like “Texas Sharon,” once called the “worst enemy” of the oil and gas industry, his story culminates in an underdog victory for Denton, now nationally recognized as a beacon for citizens’ rights at the epicenter of the fracking revolution.

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    A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking by Adam Briggle

    A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking

    10.6 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.7 hrs • 5/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Edward Itta, the sixty-two-year-old mayor of Barrow, Alaska, is all that stands between Big Oil and an offshore deposit that the US Geologic Survey believes could rival Saudi Arabia. Peter Slaiby is a forty-five-year-old Vanderbilt University grad and a rising star at Shell thanks to his ability to win over locals from Brunei to Brazil. His latest mission is to build an offshore rig in the same ancestral waters where Itta still hunts whales in an open boat every spring. This dance between the lure of petrodollars and the old Eskimo ways is playing out against the backdrop of the melting of the polar ice cap, the opening of the Northwest Passage to shipping, and Russia making undersea land grabs close to the US border.

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    The Eskimo and the Oil Man

    9.7 hrs • 5/15/12 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.1 hrs • 10/21/2008 • Unabridged

    America is unrivaled in our ability to solve tough problems and create bold, powerful solutions. That’s exactly what we need to do with the energy crisis we now face. We can become energy independent, while lowering prices at the pump today and developing innovative and effective energy alternatives for the future. We can produce an overwhelming supply of oil and natural gas here at home, and break the stranglehold that foreign countries have on our energy supply, and our economy. And we can be responsible stewards of our environment, protecting the grand beauty and richness of our country without sacrificing our robust engines of growth, expansion, and entrepreneurship.  As Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and bestselling author, spells out in stunning simplicity, when it comes to developing domestic energy resources, we can do it all. Isn’t it time we relied on American energy for America’s security and prosperity? With your help, your citizen action, and Newt Gingrich’s plan as laid out in Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, we can solve this energy crisis—and slash gas prices, too.

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    Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

    By Newt Gingrich, with Vince Haley
    4.1 hrs • 10/21/08 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.9 hrs • 5/1/1991 • Abridged

    Deemed “the best history of oil ever written” by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, this is Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power.

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    The Prize

    2.9 hrs • 5/1/91 • Abridged
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