Atomic Show #216 – Just the Fracks, Ma’am

Greg Kozera is the President of the Virginia Oil and Gas Association and the author of a recently-released book titled Just the Fracks, Ma’am: The Truth About Hydrofracking and the Next Great American Boom. I heard about the book from his publicist, News & Experts. Here is an excerpt from the communication I received.

Hi Rod,

EPA to propose 30 percent reduction in power plant carbon emissions. Coal-industry advocates are already warning that the proposed new standards, intended to address climate change, will cost jobs and raise the price of energy.

Enter Greg Kozera, an environmentalist with more than 35 years in the natural gas and oil industry. The proposed standards cause him concern because he worries that natural gas will be the next target. “We need both fuels,” he says. “Natural gas is much cleaner burning than coal, and will reduce the carbon emissions causing climate change. The burgeoning natural gas industry in the U.S. has already generated many new jobs, and natural gas costs much less than coal. Additionally, the U.S. natural gas industry decreases our reliance on foreign oil especially as we begin to use it for transportation. Exporting natural gas to developing countries can decrease pollution and CO2 emissions from some of the dirtiest places on the planet.”

Greg, president of the Virginia Oil and Gas Association and author of Just the Fracks, Ma’am, is available for interview or to provide comments via email. Let me know if you’re interested.

As regular readers of Atomic Insights will understand, I was intrigued by the description of the book and the offered opportunity to interview the author. The book is available from all of the on-line bookstores in both print and several e-book formats. I arranged for the interview time slot and then purchased and read a Kindle version of the book so I could be ready to ask useful questions.

Aside: I love living in the modern world. The total elapsed time between the email that introduced me to Greg Kozera and the end of the recorded interview was just 72 hours and I never had to leave my house. End Aside.

It turned out that Greg and I had an almost scary number of things in common. We both grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, we are both grandparents, we both have a strong coaching background, we’ve both taught leadership courses, we both live in Virginia, we have both spent our careers in energy-related fields, we are both environmentally conscious, and we both care deeply about America, the rest of the world and the future prosperity of humanity. We are also both certain that energy decisions will play a major role in enabling that prosperity.

The big difference is that Greg has written a book about his belief that natural gas produced using hydraulic fracturing is the fuel of the future, while I have been publishing Atomic Insights for 19 years based on a growing certainty that atomic fission will be the power source that propels humanity into an almost unimaginably bright future.

I’m almost certain that you will enjoy our conversation as much as I did.


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