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US: Shale oil

Daryl DeBell says: "Many years ago I read an article that claimed that the U.S. had oil shale available (under- the continental U.S.) in amounts which would satisfy our requirements for the indefinite future. I believe it would require the explosion of atomic bombs to liquify the shale, and a new refining system. The oil industry would be likely to oppose such an effort, but the conversion would probably cost less than the war with Iraq, and might be less politically costly. Does anybody know the facts?"

RH: One fact is that the public would not applaud this explosion of atomic bombs.

Ronald Hilton - 11/17/02