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The Fracking Debate: A Conversation with Daniel Raimi

TuesdayApril 3, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Kleinman | Free Event Register Here
Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
220 S. 34th St. Fisher Fine Arts Library, 4th Floor
19104 Philadelphia , PA
United States
Pennsylvania US
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  • Daniel Raimi
    Senior Research Associate
    Resources for the Future
  • Cary Coglianese
    Director and Professor of Law
    Penn Program on Regulation

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Join the Kleinman Center and the Penn Program on Regulation, and the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative for a lunchtime conversation with author Daniel Raimi, a senior research associate at Resources for the Future, who will discuss his new book, The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution. Cary Coglianese, law professor and director of the Penn Program on Regulation, will moderate the discussion.

About the Book:

Over roughly the past decade, oil and gas production in the United States has surged dramatically—thanks largely to technological advances such as high-volume hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as “fracking.” This rapid increase has generated widespread debate, with proponents touting economic and energy-security benefits and opponents highlighting the environmental and social risks of increased oil and gas production. Despite the heated debate, neither side has a monopoly on the facts. In this book, Daniel Raimi gives a balanced and accessible view of oil and gas development, clearly and thoroughly explaining the key issues surrounding the shale revolution.

The Fracking Debate directly addresses the most common questions and concerns associated with fracking: What is fracking? Does fracking pollute the water supply? Will fracking make the United States energy independent? Does fracking cause earthquakes? How is fracking regulated? Is fracking good for the economy? Coupling a deep understanding of the scholarly research with lessons from his travels to every major US oil- and gas-producing region, Raimi highlights stories of the people and communities affected by the shale revolution, for better and for worse. The Fracking Debate provides the evidence and context that have so frequently been missing from the national discussion of the future of oil and gas production, offering readers the tools to make sense of this critical issue.

About the Speakers

Daniel Raimi is a senior research associate at Resources for the Future, where he focuses on energy and climate policy. He also teaches energy policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and is a faculty affiliate at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. The Fracking Debate, his first book, is published by Columbia University Press as part of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy series.

Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the director of the Penn Program on Regulation.  He specializes in the study of regulation and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative regulatory strategies and the role of public participation, negotiation, and business-government relations in policy making.