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THE RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OF OIL SHALE CAN ALLEVIATE THE HIGH COST OF IMPORTING PETROLEUM AND SERVE AS A BRIDGE TO A SOCIETY LESS RELIANT ON FOSSIL ENERGY
- Over 90% of liquid fuels that power our cars, trucks, trains and planes in the United States come from petroleum. Over 60% of our petroleum comes from outside our borders. The cost of that petroleum is out of our control, and the cost to our society for importing so much of it is having a material effect upon the cost of almost everything we consume - not just the price of gasoline. The cost of the food we eat has an energy cost component along with essentially all the commodities we need to enjoy the life style we have become accustomed to.
- Most agree that we need to move away from a society based upon petroleum, and that all domestic sources of energy and conservation will be needed. But it will take decades to transition to that new energy vision.
- Oil Shale can play a role in the transition away from the high cost of importing foreign petroleum. Oil shale or any other single domestic energy source will not be a silver bullet, but oil shale, electrification, bio-fuels, natural gas, and other energy sources can together solve our long term transportation fuel problem.
- Oil Shale is found in many places in the world but the largest deposits are found in the United States. The three states of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming contain an amount of shale oil that is comparable with the conventional oil reserves in the Middle East.
- Therefore the National Oil Shale Association believes a national strategy that encourages the responsible development of oil shale and other unconventional fuels would benefit the citizens of the United States.
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