The current dependence on oil in the United States cannot be supported in the future. The issue is how the United States will confront the growing problem of meeting its need for transportation fuel. One option is to develop unconventional fossil fuels derived from oil sands, oil shale, and liquid coal. However, this is an option that could come at a great cost to the environment. The question facing Congress and the American people is whether, and to what extent, the government should subsidize these environmentally devastating energy sources with tax incentives, direct financing, loan guarantees, or purchasing agreements.
Robins, Rand and Janet M. Hager “Dirty Fuel Incentives in the Bailout Bill.” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Winter 2009, 42, 72-73.