June 25, 2013
US Government Role in Shale Gas Fracking History: An Overview
The history behind the shale gas boom remained relatively unknown until late 2011, when researchers at the Breakthrough Institute conducted an extensive investigation revealing the role that federal agencies like the Department of Energy and the National Laboratories played in supporting gas industry experimentation with shale fracking.
Featured in the Washington Post and the President's 2012 State of the Union, this Breakthrough investigation enunciates again the crucial role that the federal government has always played in technological innovation.
Lessons From The Shale Revolution: A Report On The Conference Proceedings
by Loren King, Ted Nordhaus, and Michael Shellenberger, April 2015
Where the Shale Gas Revolution Came From: Government's Role in the Development of Hydraulic Fracturing in Shale
by Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, Alex Trembath, and Jesse Jenkins, May 2012
Other Analyses and Opinions
Shale Fracking Innovation Timeline
by Alex Trembath, April 2015
"Fracking's War on Coal"
speech by Ted Nordhaus at the Utah Energy Summit on the role of the government in accelerating energy transitions, June 4, 2014
"Uniting a Fractured Republic: Pragmatism, Innovation, and the Shale Revolution"
blog post by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus on embracing technological innovation, November 7, 2012
"Beyond Cap and Trade: A New Path to Clean Energy."
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus at YaleE360 on the implications of the shale revolution on clean energy development, February 27, 2012
"Shale Revolution Challenges Left and Right." Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus in the American Enterprise Institute's The American on the lessons of the shale gas revolution, February 22, 2012
"A boom in shale gas? Credit the feds."
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus in the Washington Post, December 16, 2011
Interviews with Shale Pioneers
Connect With Breakthrough
WHERE THE SHALE GAS REVOLUTION CAME FROM
IN THE NEWS
"My colleagues often criticize government support for renewables. They believe it is only the marketplace that determines which technologies will become relevant. The history of fracking tells a very different story. The Breakthrough Institute has looked extensively into this." - Senator Al Franken, February 12, 2013
IN THE NEWS
Sam Thernstrom, "The Next Shale Revolution?" December 29, 2014
Christopher Colford, "The Partnership that Spurred an Energy Revolution," October 23, 2014
Walter Russell Mead, "Your Questions About the Shale Boom Answered," October 5, 2014
Jim Manzi, "The New American System," April 2014
Michael Levi, "Top Five Most Influential Energy and Climate Studies of 2012," December 20, 2012
Brad Plumer, "Want A More Substantive Obama-Romney Debate On Energy and Climate? Read This," October 24, 2012
Kevin Begos, "Fracking Developed With Decades of Government Investment," September 26, 2012
Ken Silverstein, "Shale Oil and Gas and Green Fuels Share Common Thread: Federal Support," July 24, 2012