Why are we not doing everything possible to develop oil shale and coal gasification as energy sources? We will freeze in the dark before the major oil companies devalue their current petroleum reserves with rapid development of oil shale and coal gasification. Only the government can muster the resources necessary for oil shale and coal gasification development. The technology can then be sold to private companies. In the early1980's, the Great Plains Coal Gasification Project, where the Feds spent $3 billion, produced oil at about $45 per barrel. The project consisted of a coal mine, next to a gasification plant, next to a power plant. It was abandoned because it was claimed that the energy produced was too expensive. Oil is now $50 per barrel and liable to rise higher. If extensive research on coal gasification had continued, what would the price of coal gasification be now? Certainly less than $45 per barrel. America needs to be released from the extortion of OPEC and the lunatic states dominating the cartel: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela.