bito: It's like you are speaking a foreign language. A natural resource is a rock, or some goo or liquid until a man mines is and processes it and markets it and sells it and uses it. The single most ridiculous thing the left says (among so many) is that we have to conserve our natural resources. No, we don't. When we run out of them, the mind of man will find an alternative. The government won't. People in the government will steal my money and give it to NON-alternatives like Solyndra, or Hoover Dam, or The TVA. They'll shut down coal plants with the stroke of a pen. That's one of my favorites, since our natural gas finds will convert those plants into a clean burning alternative.