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Controversy is heating up over an administration plan to drastically reduce the amount of federal lands available for oil shale development in the American West.

 

The Bush administration had set aside 1.3 million acres for oil shale and tar sands development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The new Bureau of Land Management plan cuts that amount by two-thirds, down to 700,000 acres, a decision that has prompted industry outrage.

 

"What they basically did was make it so that nobody is going to want to spend money going after oil shale on federal government lands," said Dan Kish, Senior Vice President of Institute for Energy Research.

 

Oil shale is very different from the oil reserves driving the current energy boom in places like the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota or the Niobrara in Colorado. In those areas hydraulic fracking is being used to break through layers of shale rock to reach huge pockets of oil trapped between and pump it out.

 

Oil shale refers to shale rock itself, which contains mineralized hydrocarbons. When subject to intense pressure and extremely high temperatures, oil develops. This can be done by mining the rock first or by leaving it in place and doing the pressurized heating process deep underground.

 

"That raises all kinds of concerns about what kind of impact that's going to have on our land and on our water," said Todd Malmsbury, spokesperson for the Colorado Wildlife Federation. "Water is the most important resource we have in the West. If we pollute that water, if we deplete that water it's going to hurt everyone out here."

 

In a statement to Fox News, the BLM says it is not against oil shale and tar sands development, but will restrict the amount of public lands available for leasing until the processes are proven, and proven safe. If shown to be viable in coming years, the agency says more federal lands may be opened up to oil shale and tar sands development.

 

Kish said the decision will effectively put an end to the development in America of a resource with massive potential because the energy industry will simply go elsewhere.

 

"The Chinese are inviting companies in, companies that may have done business in the United States if we'd had a better approach. And we don't even know the total extent (of the potential for oil from shale in America) but it's basically around a trillion barrels...which would be as much as the world has used since the first oil well was drilled 150 years ago."

 

Some conservation groups applaud the administration's move to limit development now. "Think about the multi-billion dollar natural resource economy that Colorado and the West has," said Malmsbury. "Why in the world risk our heritage, our hunting and fishing traditions and all of the sustainable economy that comes from that on something that's speculative. It doesn't make sense from a dollars and cents standpoint."

 

But the BLM's plan has certainly not made all environmentalists happy. A coalition of seven groups has notified the agency of their intent to sue, saying BLM did not take into account the impact of oil shale and tar sands development on endangered species.



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driving up the cost of fossil fuels (by limiting or eliminating US production) is the only way sambo can try to make "alternative" energy make sense. Gas will have to exceed $7/gal before hrbrid cars make economic sense (savings vs. cost). Same with home heating. Right now natural gas is so plentiful (despite sambos efforts) there is no "alternative" energy that makes economic sense (solar, wind, geothermal, etc).

 

sambo has to artificially depress the supply of natural resources to drive prices up to make his silly green energy programs work.

 

it's like forcing the fed to buy our own debt to artificially keep interest rates low and prop up the stock market. Yikes, did you see what happened last week?

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driving up the cost of fossil fuels (by limiting or eliminating US production) is the only way sambo can try to make "alternative" energy make sense. Gas will have to exceed $7/gal before hrbrid cars make economic sense (savings vs. cost). Same with home heating. Right now natural gas is so plentiful (despite sambos efforts) there is no "alternative" energy that makes economic sense (solar, wind, geothermal, etc).

 

sambo has to artificially depress the supply of natural resources to drive prices up to make his silly green energy programs work.

 

it's like forcing the fed to buy our own debt to artificially keep interest rates low and prop up the stock market. Yikes, did you see what happened last week?

 

...when Pres. Bush left office, gas was below $2/gallon... since the half breed took over... well, that's history!

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Wonderful news! Now, we need to work on banning fracking entirely before huge swaths of this country become toxic, uninhabitable wastelands.

 

If this country was in the hands of the republicans it would be a toxic waste dump.

Thank God we have a president with more sense.

 

 

...when Pres. Bush left office, gas was below $2/gallon... since the half breed took over... well, that's history!

That was a leftover from the Clinton fiancial boom.

When Bush was in office gas was over $4.00 a gallon.

As I always say, you wingnuts have selective amnesia.

 

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Some conservation groups applaud the administration's move to limit development now. "Think about the multi-billion dollar natural resource economy that Colorado and the West has," said Malmsbury. "Why in the world risk our heritage, our hunting and fishing traditions and all of the sustainable economy that comes from that on something that's speculative. It doesn't make sense from a dollars and cents standpoint."

 

 

 

I'm for preserving our lands and waters for future generations. Republicans are for letting corporations rape the lands.

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If this country was in the hands of the republicans it would be a toxic waste dump.

Thank God we have a president with more sense.

 

That was a leftover from the Clinton fiancial boom.

When Bush was in office gas was over $4.00 a gallon.

As I always say, you wingnuts have selective amnesia.

 

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I'm for preserving our lands and waters for future generations. Republicans are for letting corporations rape the lands.

 

...an idiot as usual! Since your half breed took over, we have had high gas prices across the board!

 

http://www.aaanne.com/auto/safety/fuel/Chart/nat.aspx

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...sure, lets buy oil from the Arabs!

Here's a better idea, you dumbfuck - let's strip big coal, gas, and oil of every single dime of the taxpayer subsidies they get and redirect it into meaningful R&D of clean, renewable energy sources instead. But I'm sure you don't give a rat's hairy ass about your grandkid's future so long as you get it easy now.

 

driving up the cost of fossil fuels (by limiting or eliminating US production) is the only way sambo can try to make "alternative" energy make sense. Gas will have to exceed $7/gal before hrbrid cars make economic sense (savings vs. cost). Same with home heating. Right now natural gas is so plentiful (despite sambos efforts) there is no "alternative" energy that makes economic sense (solar, wind, geothermal, etc).

 

sambo has to artificially depress the supply of natural resources to drive prices up to make his silly green energy programs work.

 

it's like forcing the fed to buy our own debt to artificially keep interest rates low and prop up the stock market. Yikes, did you see what happened last week?

You really are one racist puddle of slime, but we all knew that already.

How does President Barack Hussein Obama influence the price of gas when fuel is the United States' top export?

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...an idiot as usual! Since your half breed took over, we have had high gas prices across the board!

 

http://www.aaanne.com/auto/safety/fuel/Chart/nat.aspx

 

Explain to the forum again how a president controls gas prices. This should be good.

 

 

 

 

I'm for preserving our lands and waters for future generations. Republicans are for letting corporations rape the lands.

 

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Here's a better idea, you dumbfuck - let's strip big coal, gas, and oil of every single dime of the taxpayer subsidies they get and redirect it into meaningful R&D of clean, renewable energy sources instead. But I'm sure you don't give a rat's hairy ass about your grandkid's future so long as you get it easy now.

 

 

 

...good luck with that, you dumb fuck!

 

 

Hey, you unAmerican asshole! If gas is so expensive and precious, why is it America's top export?

 

 

...ask that to your precious half breed in the Oval Office! Moron!... they're exporting gas on HIS watch!

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...good luck with that, you dumb fuck!

Yeah. I understand that so long as the rethuglicans continue to advance their treasonous agenda of thwarting meaningful progress that would make America a better nation, it won't be easy eliminating big oil's ability to fuck over the country.

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Yeah. I understand that so long as the rethuglicans continue to advance their treasonous agenda of thwarting meaningful progress that would make America a better nation, it won't be easy eliminating big oil's ability to fuck over the country.

I couldn't agree more! Let's together boycott oil and all the products made from it!

 

That will show em!

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I couldn't agree more! Let's together boycott oil and all the products made from it!

 

That will show em!

Shove your sarcasm, twitbrain. That there will be a long-term need for various petroleum based products isn't the point. The point is we are throwing billions of dollars at archaic energy sources when the technology exists to virtually eliminate oil and coal as primary energy sources and clean up and protect the environment at the same time.

 

 

 

...ask that to your precious half breed in the Oval Office! Moron!... they're exporting gas on HIS watch!

 

 

So you think he should issue an executive order banning all fuel exports unless America's needs are fully met?

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Shove your sarcasm, twitbrain. That there will be a long-term need for various petroleum based products isn't the point. The point is we are throwing billions of dollars at archaic energy sources when the technology exists to virtually eliminate oil and coal as the primary energy sources and clean up and protect the environment at the same time.

So you think he should issue an executive order banning all fuel exports unless America's needs are fully met?

...like electric cars, windmills, solar??? :lol:

 

Yeah, let's switch over tomorrow!

 

You are dumber than I thought!

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Shove your sarcasm, twitbrain. That there will be a long-term need for various petroleum based products isn't the point. The point is we are throwing billions of dollars at archaic energy sources when the technology exists to virtually eliminate oil and coal as primary energy sources and clean up and protect the environment at the same time.

 

Goodness, you got upset. On one hand, you hate oil. They're mean and nasty yet you don't take the opportunity to walk away from the screwing????

 

If I didn't know any better, Id say you're talking to hear yourself complain. Does that about cover it?

 

 

 

So you think he should issue an executive order banning all fuel exports unless America's needs are fully met?

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...like electric cars, windmills, solar??? :lol:

 

Yeah, let's switch over tomorrow!

 

You are dumber than I thought!

You think? Who are you trying to kid! You don't think. You regurgitate ideological memes.

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...like electric cars, windmills, solar??? :lol:

 

Yeah, let's switch over tomorrow!

 

 

It doesn't happen overnight. We lost 8 valuable years under Bush with the oil companies in charge of our energy polices.

Most industrial countries surged ahead of us.

Obama is trying to catch up from the hole Bush put us in.....the hole you idiots cheered about.

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