“Venter’s renewable oil kills two birds with one stone: ....”
And that bird killing will be the end of the story, once the envrionmentalists team up with PETA to oppose the product.
Maybe it’s doable, and maybe not. But off the top of my head, I’d be a bit worried about lab-created algae that is 100% more efficient than natural algae. What happens if it gets loose on all our lakes and ponds?
Environmentalists hate this fuel because it "causes global warming," so I'm inclined to like anything they hate. Still, we'll never know the true viability until it can compete with no government subsidy.
And if it ever meets the oil-eating algae, we may get buried in them...
If ventor is figuring that his strains won’t be viable for a decade—then he is going to be completely shut out by his friend Church who is currently advisor to a company called joule that is building a 1000 acre farm in New Mexico that is expected to go into production late next year. They say their initial trials produced oil for 1.20 a gallon. They expect to their volume production to do the job for .6@gallon
Theoretically it makes sense (on the sense of “it doesn’t make no sense”). But this article quotes no papers and the single name (Elbert Branscomb) is from the Department of Energy. I’ll be skeptic about what do they really have.
Hm, sorry, I kind of missed Craig Venter.
This claim makes the whole piece suspect.
Plenty on this previously on FR: