Underreported: Hosted by Nicholas Lemann

Bethany McLean: The Truth About Fracking’s Impact

September 14, 2020 Columbia Global Reports Season 2 Episode 13
Underreported: Hosted by Nicholas Lemann
Bethany McLean: The Truth About Fracking’s Impact
Show Notes

Journalist Bethany McLean digs deep into the cycles of boom and bust that have plagued the American oil industry for the past decade, from the financial wizardry and mysterious death of fracking pioneer Aubrey McClendon, to the investors who are questioning the very economics of shale itself. McLean finds that fracking is a business built on attracting ever-more gigantic amounts of capital investment, while promises of huge returns have yet to bear out. Saudi America tells a remarkable story that will persuade you to think about the power of oil in a new way.