shale gas


Peak Prosperity

Shale Oil - Crash Course Chapter 21

Expensive. Over-hyped. And short-lived.
Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:38 PM

If you've watch the previous video chapter on Peak Cheap Oil, you may be wondering how any of that could be still be true given all the positive recent stories about shale oil and shale gas , many of which have proclaimed that “Peak Oil is dead”.

The only problem with this story is that it is misleading in some very important ways. And entirely false in others. » Read more



The Trouble With Natural Gas

The current 'bonanza' isn't nearly as good as promoted
Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:56 PM

One of the areas where there's an overblown amount of overtly politicized and outrageously propagandized information is shale natural gas (NG).

The US, for obvious geopolitical reasons, would love to supply Europe with NG and cut out Russia. But as we'll soon see, the basic facts just don't back up that desire just yet. » Read more



Reality-Optional Economics

Cockamamie Stories Infecting the Body Politic
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:10 PM

The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in his grave with envy. It’s a staggering phenomenon because little about it is conspiratorial; rather, it’s the consensual expression of a public that wants desperately to believe things that are untrue, and an economic leadership equally credulous, unmanned, and avid to furnish the necessary narratives that might preserve their jobs and perqs. » Read more


This chapter of the new Crash Course series has not yet been made available to the public.

Each week over the rest of 2014, in sequential order, a new chapter will be made publicly available (we've currently published up to Chapter 20)


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US Gas Will Never Replace Russian Gas For Europe

Economically & energetically implausible
Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:10 PM

Recent entreaties by various US politicians to help wean Europe off of Russian gas are simply preposterous.  The numbers don't add up, and they never will.

Let's begin with the facts: » Read more

Daily Prep

Interactive Fracking Map

Dynamic mapping resource for visualizing fracking locations
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 3:12 PM

A great resource for visualizing and determining where the big gas fracking plays are occurring and help you determine what places may meet your overall homestead and resiliency building needs.  It is always good to know where growth and development are taking place and what impacts they might have in your long-term planning and quality of life.


The Really, Really Big Picture

There isn't going to be enough net energy
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 8:54 PM

[Many longtime followers of the Crash Course have asked Chris to update his forecasts for Peak Oil in light of the production increases in shale oil and gas over recent years. What started out as a modest effort at clarification morphed into a much more massive 3-report treatise as Chris sifted through mountains of new data that ultimately left him more convinced than ever we are facing a global net energy crisis despite misguided media efforts intended to convince us otherwise. His reports are being released in series over the next several weeks; the first installment is below.]

There has been a very strong and concerted public-relations effort to spin the recent shale energy plays of the U.S. as complete game-changers for the world energy outlook.  These efforts do not square up well with the data and are creating a vast misperception about the current risks and future opportunities among the general populace and energy organizations alike.  The world remains quite hopelessly addicted to petroleum, and the future will be shaped by scarcity – not abundance, as some have claimed.

This series of reports will assemble the relevant data into a simple and easy-to-understand story that has the appropriate context to provide a meaningful place to begin a conversation and make decisions. » Read more