From what I know "OIL" be it the source of plastics, lubricants and notibly petroleum is known to be a "resource" that is surely running out. But is that necessarily a bad thing, Well yes if all your money was made from oil fields or all your funds are tied up in petroleum. The reality is that "OIL" is not as necessary as it once was. It's now possible to make "OILs" from the growth of particular Pollenous Flowers as well as a number of other Plants that can be used. The Oils in fact can work just as well as that of Desiel in the sense that there has to be some heat applied to increase it's constituancy. [This is notible from recent cases in the UK, where the Customs and Excise agents were out in force stopping people filling their desiel car's up on a mixture of "Used" cooking oil and Methalated spirits for the pure reason that people were using oil to get around the "taxation" on petroleum.] This means that there is no reason for oil crisises and no reason to fight over oil fields (Other than using a Tsun Tzu tactic of "using the enemies resources to starve their troops and feed your own, rather than having to 'transport' your own resources." In fact this tactic allowed Armies to travel deeper into enemy territory since you didn't need to "supply your troops", this in turn though caused such things as "War crimes" since retreating armies would loot and pillage to stop advancing armies use that tactic). On the subjects of landfill: If you could "containerise" the biodegrading mass and enduce heat so that chemical reactions occur, you could cause the matter to brake down into an oil like substance. (Which could be spead up if the waste put on the landfill was shreaded first.) There would how ever be an increase in fumes (gas pressure) which would need "Flaring" (rather than venting, otherwise you end up polluting the atmosphere with CxHx, CH4, COx, H2S, NO, NOx etc.) The gases can how ever be used for GAS POWER REGENERATION, Namely you burn the gas to drive a turbine, the exhaust is used to heat water to create steam to drive a steam turbine, and what ever is left is flared to help remove pollutants. BTW, Landfills produce gas without being "confined", but they need to be Drained properly as if they aren't drained properly then they can cause "GAS MIGRATION" which can be potentially dangerous as it can pocket in nearby buildings and explode. Another danger is if a landfill isn't leachated correctly, Waste water draining from the biodegrading mass might pollute rivers and drinking water if the landfill hasn't been managed correctly. (Okay, so I know about that Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! ) Check the www.epa.gov and www.environment-agency.gov.uk websites.