Thanks to Stephen Speckman of the Deseret News (Aug. 11) for moving forward on the discussion of oil shale/tar as a new home-grown energy source. Yes, these native tars could be an abundant source of petroleum products although their extraction can be an abomination, demanding high energy and water and leaving behind toxic-waste waters to percolate into streams and aquifers.
The core problem, however, is that tar sands can only worsen the problem we are trying to solve: reduction of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Tars release even more CO2 than coal. Why not seek to build an electricity industry based upon sun, wind and geothermal heat sources that are free, unending, producing zero CO2? Diversion to tar sands is just another black hole.
Salt Lake City