Inevitably, the industry has made a serious impact on the environment, from large-scale waste to monumental greenhouse gas emissions. The combustion of oil shale releases more CO2 into the atmosphere than any other primary fuel. Its activities lower groundwater levels, alter water circulation, and spoil water quality. Much to the detriment of the local environment. Meanwhile, the long-term solution of renewable energy cannot compete with subsidised oil-shale based electricity in the market.