Perhaps the solution to the United States dependency on foreign oil is not with tapping our own supplies of fossil fuel, but with our own supplies of coal. Technology developed in the 1930’s allows the production of oil from coal (Strong). Jonathan Strong advocates that “Coal is one of the most abundant fossil fuels in the world and can be mined relatively easily. Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Montana have huge reserves of coal (Strong).” Strong states that Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana believes that his state “could produce oil and other petroleum products from the millions of tons of coal reserves it owns in southeast Montana (Strong).” The cost to produce a barrel of oil via coal liquefaction is... [continues]
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