Right Wing Hypes Commercially Unviable Fossil Fuel
Conservative media are once again  hyping the amount of oil in the U.S. by including oil shale, ignoring that oil companies have found no profitable way to develop that resource.
The most recent flood of misinformation came after testimony by the Government Accountability Office's Anu Mittal about "oil shale ," a sedimentary rock that when heated at high temperatures can produce liquid fuels (except gasoline ) with a larger carbon footprint  than conventional liquid fuels. While some conservative  outlets  claimed it was major news, the testimony -- which was based on an October 2010 GAO report  -- contained no positive developments for oil shale, which has long been  known to exist in large amounts in the U.S. but is not commercially viable. Earlier this year, energy expert Robert Rapier wrote , "It is not at all clear that even at $100 oil the shale in the Green River formation will be commercialized to produce oil." Even an editor  at the right-wing blog The American Thinker acknowledged  that "any large scale operations" for oil shale development would be "prohibitively expensive at this time." And just recently, Chevron gave up  its oil shale lease in Colorado.
Mittal noted  in her testimony that no technology to develop oil shale "has been shown to be economically or environmentally viable at a commercial scale." But Fox News' nightly news show  and CNSNews.com, a project of the conservative Media Research Center, failed  to mention that oil shale is not currently commercially viable. Breitbart.com  and Investor's Business Daily  incorrectly suggested that oil shale is not being developed because of Obama administration policies, rather than economic considerations. And Powerline suggested  that oil shale is in fact viable because of the "advance of extraction technology," seemingly confusing  oil shale with tight oil from shale rock, which can be extracted via horizontal drilling and hydrofracking.
It's interesting to see that the same people who dismiss  the enormous potential of solar  and wind  power and attack  investment in renewable energy are hyping the potential of oil shale. A December 2011 Congressional Research Service report, which classified  oil shale as a "sub-economic" resource, stated that "despite government programs in the 1970s and early 1980s to stimulate development of the resource, production of oil shale is not yet commercially viable."
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