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Oil Shale Development

Oil Shale Development: Looming Threat to Western Wildlands

October 31, 2012

Oil shales, if they live up to proponents’ expectations and can be produced commercially, could change the economic and political fortunes of the United States and transform the geopolitical map of the world. But any large-scale effort to exploit oil shales will threaten wildlife habitat and water quality, and exacerbate climate change.

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This is a chapter from The ENERGY Reader: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth (2012).