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To the Ends of the Earth: A Guide to Unconventional Fossil Fuels

This report explains some of the reasons for the move towards unconventional fossil fuels and describes the consequences globally and locally, for people and the planet. It includes:

  • An overview of our global energy problems including the drivers of energy consumption.
  • A short history of fossil fuels and their historical role.
  • The motivations behind the development of unconventional fossil fuels.
  • A brief explanation of the concept of Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI) and its value in thinking about future energy needs.
  • The role that unconventional fossil fuels will play in our changing climate: perhaps their most important consequence, as well as other impacts, particularly on water resources.
  • Conclusions on where we might go from here.
  • A table summarising information on the various types of unconventional fossil fuel.
  • Nine stand-alone factsheets on each of the types of unconventional fossil fuel, describing where they are found, how they are extracted, the significant environmental and social issues, stage of development, notable companies and resistance.
  • A factsheet on carbon capture and storage technologies.

Chris Kitchen
To the Ends of the Earth: A Guide to Unconventional Fossil Fuels
Corporate Watch, May 28, 2014
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