This is Part 5 in the ChEnected series "We Are ChE: Entering a Golden Age", authored by Incoming 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland.
My focus last week was the surge in US production of natural gas by hydrofracturing and the prospects for the rest of the world. The supply/demand balance and resources aren’t the same worldwide, so the US mix won’t be the same elsewhere. However, the prospects for new fossil-energy hydrocarbon resources raise questions about what attention will be paid to sustainability.
Other mixes: Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Middle East, China, Germany, Japan
Shale gas isn’t necessarily an option for all countries, but it will likely be important where possible...