That is a little over two years of oil that we import, and it was noted that that depends on economic and technological concerns. They add that even with new drilling techniques, as of February of this year, it is still only producing about a half million barrels a day.according to your own link another such (the Green River) has been estimated at about 1.5 Trillion; though only 800Bn was estimated to be recoverable.
It further notes that even under "high growth assumptions" an oil shale production level of 1 million barrels per day (about 10% of what the US imports daily) is probably more than 20 years in the future.
And they talk further about the huge costs for water, energy and environmental degradation that must somehow be addressed to make it feasible.
With the increase in world demand in the next 20 years, not only is this not the answer to our domestic peak oil that we passed in 1971, it is likely to not even make a dent in the world oil market in 20 years.
What else you got?
We are producing more oil than we have in the last decade, but that doesn't mean that we are going to abandon our concern for the environment that we all depend on for our livelihoods to try feed our oil addition for another year of two. 40 years of lack of planning and short-term greed does not now an emergency make that we have to forfeit the environment to address.and on top of that we also need to open up our West Coast, Alaska, near waters in the Gulf, and the East Coast to drilling.
How do you force a company to build refineries they don't need. The oil companies have not felt the investment was wise given so little supply of oil in this country.in addition, we need to allow the building of more refineries.
Not possible given that we passed peak oil in this country in 1971. Most other countries have as well. That is why we are approaching world peak oil, and why the price for that imported oil keeps going up. You can't magically make something appear where it is not. What we need to be doing before oil becomes prohibitively expensive is to develop alternatives unless we want the rest of the world to continue the jump they have on us in this vital area.we are the only nation currently stupid enough not to tap our own natural resources, and it is costing us. we have huge untapped resources here, and in a time seemingly laggardly growth for the next decade plus high unemployment and rising energy prices, it makes no sense not to engage in an activity that would help with all three of those problems.