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Algae in the future.

1 posted on 02/16/2010 7:23:48 PM PST by Titus-Maximus
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To: Titus-Maximus

Well, crude oil is just old algae anyway.


2 posted on 02/16/2010 7:24:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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Almost all "fossil" fuel is made from algae. There is more life in the sea than there is on land. Most of the life on Earth is microscopic.

All Exxon Mobil is doing here is controlling the process. In nature, the algae live their little algae lives, they die, they sink to the bottom of the ocean, and over years, pressure converts them into hydrocarbons. Exxon is proposing to farm them and squeeze them into oil themselves.

You could do the same thing with lawn clippings or vegetable peels if you have a mind to, but this is more efficient.

It's much more efficient than growing corn, harvesting the seeds, extracting oil, refining the oil, and then throwing away 99% of the plant. That's the sort of stuff that only makes sense if you're subsidized by the government.
3 posted on 02/16/2010 7:35:13 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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The thing is, you can make oil a million billion different ways and you will never run out. HOWEVER, if the enviroweenies decide that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, then this stuff is just as 'anti-green' as any other fuel source.

The argument in the 1970's energy crisis was that the world was running out of oil. But we don't ever need to run out of oil. Ever. So 'conservation' is no longer the issue. In the 1970's, burning oil meant lots of actual pollution (ozone, carbon monoxide). But now, we have the technology to burn 'clean' hydrocarbons. Remember how people used to commit suicide by closing the garage door and leaving the engine running? You can't do that anymore, because your car doesn't emit enough carbon monoxide.
5 posted on 02/16/2010 7:40:30 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Bacteria produce ethanol. Why can’t algae produce an oil? Best thing is that the algae produces oil for free.


9 posted on 02/16/2010 8:12:59 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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OOPS! I mean YEAST produces ethanol.


10 posted on 02/16/2010 8:13:29 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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This sounds great but when the heck can we stop worrying about whether these solutions are “low carbon emitting”. I hate to think that there is some great solution out there being held up because it emits as much carbon as oil.


14 posted on 02/16/2010 8:36:24 PM PST by Bigjimslade
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