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The frack track to energy, money, and influence?

When: Friday, November 9, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Central

Where: 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: $65

Contact: Chicago Council on Global Affairs   (312) 726-3860

Group: ISEN

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


An energy-independent US could be on the horizon – in large part due to the rise of fracking technology that continues to challenge the global supply of oil and gas. The prospect of this independence could destabilize energy-exporters like Russia and Saudi Arabia, and change how America asserts its global influence. But some analysts are reserving their optimism, with suggestions that returns on shale oil may not be as lucrative as once promised. Are we truly on the path to energy independence, and what would the world look like if we pulled it off?

Copies of Bethany McLean’s latest book Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.


Bethany McLean
Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; Author

Bethany McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a contributor at CNBC. She was previously an editor-at-large at Fortune. She is an investigative journalist known for her work on the Enron scandal and the 2008 financial crisis, and coauthored the bestseller, The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. A documentary based on the book was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006. McLean also coauthored All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, and wrote Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the US Mortgage Giants. Prior to joining Fortune in 1995, she was an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs.

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