NPOSRNaval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves
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While President Harding set aside NPR-A in 1923, it is William Howard Taft, Harding's predecessor, who both initiated the US government railroad in Alaska and created through executive order the Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves (NPOSR).
Retorting went the way of the buggy whip when automobiles exceeded buggies, about the same time that Taft was creating NPOSR. The estimated entire US oil shale reserve was at more than 2 trillion barrels of oil at the time the NPOSR was created.
Oil shale and the NPOSR did not survive as conventional oil drilling methods produced cheaper means of providing large quantities of crude oil.