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Saturday’s guests (Dec. 8): How fracking has transformed our economy, the resurgence of oil and gas production, the future of renewable energy


On Saturday’s Up w/ Chris Hayes, we’ll examine how hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” – the controversial method of drilling deep below the Earth’s surface to extract oil and natural gas reserves – has transformed our energy economy. We’ll also discuss the resurgence of oil and gas production, and its implications for our political economy. And we’ll ask what the future of renewable energy will look like given America’s increased oil production and historically low prices of natural gas.

Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be:

David Roberts (@drgrist), staff writer on energy politics at Grist.org.

Tanya Fields, anti-fracking activist and founder of The BLK Project.

Uni Blake,  director of environmental affairs at the Hometown energy group.

Dan Dicker (@Dan_Dicker), CNBC contributor, president of Mercbloc and author of “Oil’s Endless Bid.”

Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation, author of “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power”, and staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.

Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Robert Freling, executive director of the Solar Electric Light Fund.

Shalini Ramanathan (@UnGranola), vice president of development at RES Americas and Next Generation Project Fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin.

Katie McGinty, senior vice president and managing director, Strategic Growth at Weston Solutions, Inc., operating partner at Element LLC, member of the board of directors at NRG Energy, Inc., and Iberdrola USA, Inc.