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Posted Sun Jan 13 2008: from Durango Herald (US):
Oil shale rises again in Western Colorado
Chevron officials look at the size of tomorrow's market. Six billion people live on Earth, and there might be 9 billion by the middle of the century. "We're probably going to need every molecule of energy going forward that we can get to meet the needs of that growing population," Johnson said. That's what brings Chevron back to Colorado's notoriously difficult oil-shale deposits. "The easy oil, we pretty much have used up," he said.
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The ApocaDocs say:
Now we're looking at getting oil from rocks. Might take a wee bit of energy to make that happen. Kind of like what we see in Alberta's tar sands, where it uses almost as much natural gas energy as it gets out as oil. Which is kind of like the marginal energy value of corn-based ethanol, when the energy cost of agriculture is included. Which is kind of like.... what we always seem to do:
borrow from Peter to pay Paul.

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