When oil shale is processed it yields a heavy oil (shale oil) that can be refined into a similar group of products as those described above. However, because of the chemical nature of shale oil, the refinery yields a greater amount of diesel and jet fuels and a lesser amount of gasoline. This can be greatly beneficial. Also shale oil petrochemicals can be used to produce a very large, but slightly different, group of useful products for households, industry and agricultural, all critical to our well-being.
Despite the growing use of alternative energy, such as solar and wind, petroleum-derived products, including transportation fuels, will remain a crucial element in our daily lives. Shale oil can provide the raw materials from which these important products are derived. The lifestyles we are accustomed to are totally dependent on metals, minerals, and petroleum-derived products. Wise use of our natural resources is crucial to sustaining our economy, defending our nation, and meeting the needs of our citizens.