This book offers a unique and timely discussion of the myriad of challenging issues facing the country’s troubled Heartland. Since the beginning of westward expansion into the Heartland’s vast regions, natural resource development has long played a meaningful and historic role in shaping many of its communities and geographic regions. Today, thanks to technological advancements over the last several decades, such as horizontal drilling and fracking, domestic oil and gas development offers one of the strongest prospects for the Heartland’s present and future prosperity as well as the nation’s re-emergence as a dominant player in the global energy economy. Because of geographical blessings and the uniqueness of our private ownership of minerals, the U.S. is now the world’s largest producer of crude oil and natural gas, two circumstances that are universally disrupting international geopolitical order. The earth has a finite supply of natural resources and a rapidly growing and over consuming population. As America positions itself for a very uncertain and constantly evolving global marketplace, will the Heartland become America’s “great connector” or “great divide”?