With summer gas prices setting record highs, some are touting oil shale as the answer to our problems at the pump. Oil shale production involves heating rock to high temperatures and turning it to liquid. But this process requires massive amounts of electric resources, while sapping huge quantities of water from the arid West. Moreover, oil shale production could cause five times more global warming pollution than conventional gasoline.
Destructive oil shale is not the answer to America’s energy crisis. Instead of trying to tap more dirty fuels, we should be focusing on clean energy solutions that can provide relief at the pump today without the risks to our air, water, and land.