the U.S. is counting on

a long-term abundance of oil & natural gas

But what if the boom is just a bubble?


2016 Shale Reality Check Web Presentation

In December 2016, David Hughes shares some of the key findings from his latest reports: The 2016 Shale Gas Reality Check and 2016 Tight Oil Reality Check.


Drilling Deeper Briefing

In December 2014, J. David Hughes and Asher Miller from Post Carbon Institute were joined by staff from DeSmogBlog, Sierra Club, and Americans Against Fracking to share and discuss the implications of the report Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on Govt Forecasts of a Lasting Fracking Boom.


    • David Hughes: Report author, Fellow at Post Carbon Institute
    • Asher Miller: Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute
    • Steve Horn: Research Fellow at DeSmogBlog
    • Deborah Nardone: Campaign Director, Sierra Club Beyond Natural Gas Campaign
    • David Braun: Co-founder, Americans Against Fracking
    • Moderated by Alan Septoff, Strategic Communications Director at Earthworks

Hosted by: Stop the Frack Attack and Americans Against Fracking. Co-sponsored by: Post Carbon Institute, EARTHWORKS, The Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action, Fractivist, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Environmental Working Group and Energy Policy Forum.

Drilling California Briefing

On March 27, 2014 “Drilling California” author J. David Hughes was joined by business leader and Next Generation co-founder Tom Steyer and Robert Collier, a research fellow with Next Generation, to discuss the prospects of developing California’s Monterey Shale during a panel in Sacramento. A recording of the event can be viewed below.

This event was a joint effort of Post Carbon Institute, Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, and Next Generation. For more information on the Monterey Shale, see “Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale.”

Drill, Baby, Drill Slides

Below are the slides from briefings delivered to audiences in Washington, D.C. and Albany, New York in late May 2013.