George P. Mitchell, Father of the Shale RevolutionJuly 26, 2013
George P. Mitchell, wildcatter and energy maverick, died today at the age of 94. At great financial risk, his Mitchell Energy spent years and capital pioneering horizontal drilling techniques as a means of freeing up otherwise inaccessible gas and oil reservoirs. When paired with hydraulic fracturing techniques, Mitchell Energy launched what we now know as the Shale Revolution, which has slayed the theory of Peak Oil and has put actual energy independence for America within reach for the first time in decades.
I believe that Mitchell is the most influential American of the last 25 years; it is inarguable that he is among the top 5. It is a shame that he died without receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor – the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Obama’s Climate Change Policy pays lip service to renewable energy, but it is based primarily on the vast bounty of natural gas that Mitchell’s efforts have delivered to us, I have created a petition on the White House website to encourage the President to issue this award; it needs 100,000 signatures by August 25 to garner an official response. Please sign the petition here, and forward it to your friends and associates.