No one's opinions are entirely objective. That is why I presented factual
material in my essay. It is also why I argued that oil shale development should
not be shut down without giving companies the opportunity to begin development
and show that they can proceed responsibly, and remediate any impacts.
Evidently, some people have no more logical argument to respond with than that I
do geologic research sponsored by oil companies, and therefore I must not be
capable of independent thought - a well-known logical fallacy. My analysis of
the water issue was intended to challenge companies to be more forthcoming with
data so that an educated lay person could better understand the impact. It was
not funded by them in any way. The water issues have been answered. I have been
engaged in reviewing this business for seven years, and there is no land rush
out there, but the BLM is doing its best to ensure that there is no action out
there at all by selecting one of the most extreme options available. Reducing
the land available to investigate is a prime example of the government picking
LDS Liberal says, "Hmmm, I wonder who holds HIS purse strings?" Don't be so cynical. Perhaps Jeremy Boak's opinions are purely
objective. On the other hand, perhaps I'm the king of England. Nevermind.
It's about the water. Leave it in the ground. Let the future
have it available if they really needed it for a true "defensive"
reserve. You hear these oil executives where they basically say
it's ok to do what they do because the public keeps buying oil but is too
stupid to understand where it comes from. (documentary, "Houston, we have a
problem" netflix) But when we start buying electric cars and
investing in wind turbines they freak out and go crying to their congressman to
stop it, or buying up battery patents.These oil executives
aren't smart enough to make an honest living in historically the business
that is the easiest to get rich in. Now that's stupid.
If it can be done RESPONSIBLY, without destroying the land from which it is
taken and without using tremendous amounts of water or producing a hazardous
sludge in the process, the go for it.But until then . . . . More
Kind of like an employee of Marlboro or Winston writing a letter about the
safety and benefits of smoking tobacco.
This article was written by; Jeremy Boak is the director of the Center for
Oil Shale Technology and Research at the Colorado School of Mines.========Hmmm, I wonder who holds HIS purse strings?
How much water does it take to get a gallon of oil? May I remind the writer we
live in a desert.
Pray tell, how is the shale extracted for processing to liquid fuel? Is it
strip mined? What about the water requirements to convert it? Leave it in the ground and lets start working on some real technological