Magazine October 28, 2019, Issue

A Shale-Gas Revolution, If We Can Keep It

A small natural-gas facility near Carrizo Springs, Texas (Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)
The boom, fostered by markets, is now threatened by politics

Living conditions in the early Industrial Revolution were often atrocious, and Marx and Engels thought they saw a trend. They predicted in Capital that as capitalism evolved, the living conditions of workers would deteriorate. Instead, as King Coal began powering the machines of the Industrial Revolution, living conditions soared the world over. 

Things in which only the wealthy had ever been superfluous — clothing, food, shelter, health care, education, the ability to travel — suddenly became accessible and affordable to everybody. Natural gas brought lights to our city streets at night, hot water to our bathrooms, and warm radiators to even

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University School of Law and a former defense-policy adviser at the Pentagon and in the U.S. Senate.

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