Originally created 05/07/02

No oil shortage; plenty is available

In 1909 Frederick Bergius patented a process for producing oil from coal. IG Farben bought the patent in the 1920s and proposed a program that would hopefully make Germany independent of foreign oil.

In 1939, production of oil by this process was one-third of her total requirement and in 1943 met three-quarters of all oil needs. German armies used vast quantities of oil in World War II. This topic is thoroughly discussed in the book, Why the Allies Won the War, by Richard Overy. A made-for-TV movie was made on the subject.

If Germany could produce three-quarters of her wartime need for oil, the United States should easily produce enough to eliminate its dependency on Middle East oil. The continental states have the largest deposits of coal in the world so the resources are available. All we need is the conviction and the cooperation of our major oil producers.

This is an ideal task for U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., to pursue.

Donald O. Lundquist, Augusta, Ga.


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