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The current energy crisis highlights American dependency of foreign sources of energy while large
domestic reserves remain untapped. Critics contend that accessing domestic sources of energy will
place our environment at risk, that technology does not exist to recover oil from oil shale,and that
efforts to recover fossil fuels detract from efforts to expand renewable energy resources. Apparently,
it is acceptable for other nations with much less stringent environmental concerns to exploit their energy
for commercial production at much greater environmental risk than can be achieved in America. The
United States is the world ’s leader in technological development to overcome seemingly impossible
challenges,and no doubt, given the opportunity, will be able to access domestic energy sources while
conserving our natural resources. For example, the complex process of excavating and heating oil
shale to produce kerogen, from which crude oil is developed is being overtaken by breakthrough
developments in drilling into the deposits, inserting superheating elements and allowing the kerogen to
rise to the surface similar to how crude is normally drilled – significantly reducing the cost of recovery
and associated environmental impact.
Deliberately placing ourselves at the mercy of nationally owned, foreign energy corporations makes no
sense when this does not have to be the case. Governmental policies prohibiting drilling on Federal
land and offshore must be lifted or modified,or we will continue to observe our resources removed by
competing governments for their own economic development.
The following steps must be taken immediately:
entitled “The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11 ”,
updated June 23,2008.
12 “Overview of U.S.Legislation and Regulations Affecting Offshore Natural Gas and Oil Activity”, EIS, September, 2005.