HERMAN FRANCIS MARK
Professor Dixy Lee Ray and I deal here with essentially the same question: What can science and technology contribute to make us less dependent on any kind of foreign supply of oil either for energy or for industry? Professor Ray particularly emphasizes the agricultural aspects of this question. I will emphasize more the technological aspects coming from organic chemistry and, partly, inorganic chemistry.
One question is: What are the demands or what are our prospective demands? You know that for several years these questions have been very thoroughly investigated. There are a number of reports from the National Academy and from other agencies--although they conflict somewhat. In any event, some time in the early eighties we will have somehow to get the equivalent--the energy and material equivalent--of some eight, maybe ten million barrels of crude a day. Quite a bit of oil. And the question is: What are the sources? What are the possibilities of getting this equivalent?
It would seem, at least to me, that it is not possible to get this from one source. We must scrape these things together,____________________