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Title Oil shale development in the United States : prospects and policy issues / James T. Bartis [and others].

Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2005.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xix, 68 pages) : illustrations, digital, PDF file
Series Books at JSTOR Open Access
Notes Title from PDF title page (viewed Oct. 13, 2005).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 63-68).
Contents Introduction -- The U.S. oil shale resource base -- Oil shale technologies -- The strategic significance of oil shale -- Critical policy issues for oil shale development -- The development path for oil shale -- Appendix: Cost estimation modeling and assumptions.
Summary In the late 1970s and early 1980s, when crude oil prices were high, government and private-sector energy experts took a hard look at the costs and benefits of extracting oil from the vast deposits of oil shale that lie beneath the western United States (much of it under government land). Oil prices soon subsided, and interest in the topic waned. With oil prices again spiking and global demand showing no signs of abating, it makes sense to reexamine the costs and benefits of oil shale development. In this report, the authors describe the oil shale resources (estimated at more than triple the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia); the suitability, cost, and performance of technologies for developing these resources; and the key energy, environmental, land-use, and socioeconomic policy issues that need to be addressed by government decisionmakers. The authors conclude by outlining both the challenges and opportunities for early action with regard to those policy issues.
Other author Bartis, James T., 1945-
Rand Corporation.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Oil-shales -- United States.
Oil-shale industry -- United States.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780833041005 (electronic bk.)
0833041002 (electronic bk.)
9781601290250 (electronic bk.)
160129025X (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 9780833038487