I want to give you with this fact from the Bureau of Land Management. They estimate that more than 70 percent of American oil shale — including the thickest and richest deposits — lies on federal land, primarily in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. If the federal government would open these lands, we could offset imports from Saudi Arabia in full. These reserves are readily available and need to be utilized.
Keep that in mind the next time you go to the pump to fill up your gas tank at $4 per gallon.
There are certainly no quick fixes, but if we take the necessary steps now, we'll be putting ourselves on the right track for energy independence in the years ahead.