The energy bill heading for passage would delay the development of oil shale deposits in Colorado by removing a deadline for setting rules governing commercial leasing, according to the Rocky Mountain News.
Depending on who you talk to, oil shale is one of a two of things:
It's a panacea to stave off peak oil and make the United States more energy independent, just waiting for the right technological breakthrough to make it extracting oil from stone cheap.
It's a nightmare for the environment that will increase global warming pollution and spoil vast tracts of public lands.
Either way, commercial-scale development of U.S. oil shale would be delayed at least until 2009 under the plan moving through Congress.
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