An open discussion and talks by authors Russell Gold and Seamus McGraw about the fracking industry, climate change, and the Marcellus Shale were held from 2:30-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery.
Russell Gold, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal, is the author of the 2015-16 Penn State Reads book, “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World,” which chronicles the fracking industry’s rise from obscurity to industry dominance. Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences, is a character in the book.
Seamus McGraw is a journalist and author. His book “The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone” depicts the compelling story about the epic battle for control of one of the richest natural gas deposits the world has ever known: the Marcellus Shale.
McGraw has also written “Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Line of Climate Change,” a lively, thought-provoking book that lays out the whole story of climate change — the science, the math, and, most importantly, the human stories of people fighting both the climate and their own deeply held beliefs to find creative solutions to a host of environmental challenges. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of meteorology, and Klaus Keller, professor of geosciences, were interviewed for the book.