8. The Next Energy Revolutions

Even as the wave of the natural gas revolution continues to roll over the world, there are new swells on the horizon. Already building far at sea and promising to be larger than the natural gas revolution is a coming shale oil revolution. And some have already detected sea floor tremors that may eventually create a true energy tsunami from a most unlikely source: “fire ice” or methane hydrates. This concluding chapter explores both of these phenomena.

The Shale Oil Revolution

In the first half of the twentieth century, the United States led the world in oil production and produced the “blood of victory” for both World Wars, as we saw in Chapter 1, “To the Brink of Innovation.” But U.S. oil production peaked in ...

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