Because of the complexity of the process, kerogen is not typically economic viable. The reserves do exist, however, and speak of great potential when American ingenuity is able to be fully applied to the problem. In the interim, the existence of these reserves provides some evidence that the U.S. ultimately has the ability to become energy independent.
As LNG, solar power, and other resources like kerogen continue to be explored and exploited, the overall position of the U.S. in terms of energy consumption continues to improve. Without framing the issue in terms of national security, as scarce resources are depleted, the ability to look within becomes of increasing value. For investors, following these developments has significant potential and should not be overlooked.
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