New York City’s clean water supply is currently being threatened by a method of natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing. Community organizations are racing to prevent the reckless endangerment of local ecosystems and communities -- the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland and a NYTimes series are raising public awareness, even in the face of the looming expiration date of the temporary moratorium preventing fracking in the state.
What we're reading now: Halliburton's Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War
I just started reading Hailliburton's Army by Pratap Chatterjee. It is easy to think that banning hydraulic fracturing is just going to harm the oil and gas companies, but this book is allowing me to understand the many externalities associated with the relationship between corporations like Halliburton and the US government. Relationships that help fund and thus propagate war. In theory the concept is so simple, but before reading Chatterjee’s book I was unaware of the obvious dependence that the US government has on corporations like Halliburton to conduct their political affairs. I would recommend this book for anyone that is trying to further understand the inner workings of American corporate/political relationships and strengthen their argument against corporate dependence, against corporate subsidies and against unnecessary practices like hydraulic fracturing.