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Penn State Reads: ‘The Boom’

Without condemning or praising the process of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, author Russell Gold urged the Penn State community to stay engaged with the subject and ask tough questions of lawmakers to ensure it continues in a responsible manner. In the big picture, he says it can be part of a sustainable future that includes natural gas, renewables, and other resources to continue to meet the ever-growing energy demand of consumers. Gold, senior energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, spoke to an audience at the HUB last night as part of Penn State Reads 2015-16:

It’s really easy to see shale and fracking in this very polarized way, where everything is either good or bad, and that’s not really what’s going on. … There’s a balance here—there’s good and there’s bad, there’s risk and there’s reward. There’s an ugly beauty to fracking and if we’re not engaging with it and paying attention to it and asking good questions—if all we’re doing is arguing with each other—then we’re not getting around to asking questions, and these are the critical questions, because no matter how much we’re arguing about this, we’re still drilling lots of wells and there’s still an impact. So we absolutely need more information.

Gold said he hoped his book was part of the first draft of history on fracking, and he challenged students in the Penn State community to be part of writing the second draft, because “the future is still being written.” Fracking-related topics still facing lawmakers include how to deal with waste byproducts of fracking, including chemicals seeping into groundwater, leaks in wells, having an adequate water supply for the process itself, potential consequences such as respiratory problems, and earthquakes caused in areas with a high concentration of wells.

Launched in 2013, Penn State Reads encourages incoming students to read a designated book each year and participate in activities related to the topic, including an essay contest. Among the topics students are encouraged to explore in this year’s contest are how personal stories, anecdotes, and vignettes about a subject influence their thinking about broad social issues, and whether there are any ethical implications of incorporating such stories into those thoughts.

In the book, Gold tells of his personal connection to fracking through his parents, whose land in rural Forksville, Pa., was sought by a an oil company seeking to drill a well on the property to go after shale deposits. Exploring that question, and how he should answer, he says was part of the reason he wrote the book. Gold, who has covered the energy industry for the WSJ since 2003, says he was also at a point in his career where he wanted to challenge himself and see if he could write a book:

It was really a combination of those two things: as a personal desire to grow and challenge myself, but also the recognition that this was a big issue that was facing many people across the United States, and if I had a particular way that I could help them understand those questions, I wanted to be able to try to share that.

B.J. Reyes, associate editor



October 13, 2015 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Penn State Football: Last of a Dying Breed? Michael Weinreb Thinks So

You won’t find one of Penn State’s trademark bland uniforms on the cover of the new book by Michael Weinreb ’94, and you won’t find Joe Paterno’s picture there, either. But Penn State football—particularly the 1986 Orange Bowl team and the 1987 Fiesta Bowl and national championship team—was part of the inspiration for Bigger Than the Game: Bo, Boz, the Punky QB, and How the ’80s Created the Modern Athlete.

We know this because Weinreb adapted part of his book into an essay for our September/October issue, which we finished this week and will be arriving in your mailboxes in a couple of weeks. He writes often for us—most recently, our November/December cover story on the Men of ’47—and we’re all eager to read more of the book than the essay, which contrasts Penn State football with those guys on the book cover, Bo Jackson, Jim McMahon, and most notably Brian Bosworth.

The book came out Thursday, so Weinreb has been making the media rounds—it’s highly possible you’ll catch him doing a radio interview on a station near you. And while you’re waiting for our magazine, you can check out this interview that Weinreb did with the blog Sports Crackle Pop, and this piece that he wrote for the Wall Street Journal.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

August 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

Gary Eberle Brings His California Wines to Happy Valley

Gary Eberle ’67 and his wine are coming home for homecoming. Eberle is bringing some of his best stuff across the country from his Paso Robles, Calif., winery this week for a winemaker’s dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn. The festivities—which earned a mention in The Wall Street Journal the other day—kick off Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. If you’re on Facebook, you can check out this link for more info.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm 1 comment

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