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We have enough OIL SHALE in the USA to keep us running for about the next 1,000 years. WHY aren't we using it?

(One of my co-workers asked this question in another section, and a responder suggested that it be posed to sections populated with environmentalists, and Democrats, respectively. He wanted to do that, but had reached his questioning limit for the day. So I'm doing it for him, which is fine with him. And I'm just as interested in the answers to this as he is!)

The bulk of the oil shale is in Colorado, and Big Oil said, back in the 1980s (when oil was around only $20 or so per barrel) that once the price reached $60 or so, it would be economical for us to start gleaning and refining it. So by NOW, we could be making ourselves TOTALLY independent of foreign oil. So NOW what is Bush's, and Big Oil's, excuse for not doing that?

I believe the amount that exists within retrievable areas is somewhere around 1.1 trillion barrels of oil, which is not quite enough for 1,000 years. If we keep consumption at current rates, it would last a little over 110 years, which is plenty of time for us to transition to a better source of energy.

We are expanding production to the Oil Shales, unfortunately the only methods available right now to get the Oil Shales, is a process developed by an oil company that involved heating the oil shales to a high temperature for extended periods of time, slowly the oil shales turn into thick poor grade crude oil, which is then extracted and must undergo expensive Oil Refining.

Another method for retrieving the oil in Oil Shales involves Strip mining the Oil shales, and extracting the oil from it, unfortunately strip mining is incredibly inefficient, pollutes like crazy, and is incredibly hazardous to the environment.

A commonly discussed problem with Oil Shale Mining is the tremendous need for energy to turn the Oil Shales into Oil. For a large scale Oil Shale operation in the west a power plant larger then the largest power plant in Colorado would have to be built. Because it requires so much energy even the most efficient power plant based off an expensive use of Natural Gas, would yield a energy return of 1:4. However, the more likely option uses the much cheaper more abundant resource of coal, which pollutes tremendously. Using this method, the energy taken from the Oil would yield about 2x more then the energy needed to get it. for a ration of 1:2. This would still yield a profit.

Finally, the good news, estimates place the beginning of large scale Oil Shale production to start around 2012, because we have to find less polluting methods for retrieving it, until then we will have to put up with $90-100 per barrel of oil, and $3-$4 per gallon of gasoline.

I hope this answers your questions!

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