How the Frick Fracking Works

Fracking, the process of breaking trapped resources like natural gas and oil from shale, has led to a revolution in energy production in the U.S. It's also given rise to increasing worries that the process can have sweeping environmental impacts.

Regulating Speculation; or, Economics is a Soft Science at Best

It frightens and confuses me that the field of economics, a discipline that we as a nation put such thorough and abiding stock into to make large, sweeping decisions that affect everyone, like how to allocate health care among Americans or whether to undertake air strikes in a foreign country, is so uncertain a field that it is subject to politicization. Indeed, the very economist at whose feet one sits, whether it be Adam Smith or John Maynard Keynes, is nearly synonymous in the U.S. with which political party one is affiliated.

Greetings podcast family, it's Chuck here with a little podcast goodness recap -- a chance for you to share your stories with the world! Yesterday's show was about oil speculation and to be honest it kind of made my head hurt a little bit. It's not a secret that finance and Chuck don't mix. Oil speculation is pretty interesting though, and some people feel like it may have a bearing on the high prices that we're all seeing at the pump here in the United States.

I was reading an article about what Earth will look like in 5,000 years by Mr. Robert Lamb, arguably the best writer to inhabit a cubicle here at HowStuffWorks.com, and, as is the way things go recently, I noticed that the new information I found within the article coincided with other information I'd learned recently. I would recommend taking the time to read Lamb's article; it's only one page, but it packs a lot of info.

Oil shale is a term for oil trapped in rock, rather than existing in liquid form. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the nature of oil shale.

How Grassoline Works

Could switch grass become the car fuel of the future? Learn more about alternative fuel in this HowStuffWorks podcast.