Skip to comments.Obama: Use 'algae' as substitute for oil
Posted on 02/23/2012 12:39:19 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
President Obama admitted today that he does not have a "silver bullet" solution for skyrocketing gas prices, but he proposed alternative energy sources such as "a plant-like substance, algae" as a way of cutting dependence on oil by 17 percent.
"Were making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel thats actually made from a plant-like substance, algae -- you've got a bunch of algae out here," Obama said at the University of Miami today. "If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we'll be doing alright. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America."
The Department of Energy (DOE) currently spends about $85 million on 30 research projects "to develop algal biofuels," according to the White House, which announced that Obama is committing another $14 million to the idea.
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Allow more drilling.
Rescind your refusal to permit the Keystone pipeline.
You're welcome, President Obama. No no no, don't try to hire me, I'm happy where I work.
Words simply can’t describe whatever this thing is we have in the White House right now.
High gas prices IS his energy policy.
Along with high electric and natural gas prices.
His whole agenda is based on artificially raising the prices of energy via government regulation in order to make his green energy boondoggles cost competitive.
How long are people going to put up with this idiocy?
A 40% annual inflation year after year in the cost of electricity/natural/gas/automotive fuel isnt enough to wake the clueless sheep like American voters to the economic idiocy of the green movement and their mindless puppets the US Democrat Party
How about the morons standing there, taking down every word, like the animals in the jury in the Red Queen’s court? He’s the smartest one in that room. Frightening, isn’t it?
Algae is a ‘plant-like’ substance as he is a ‘human-like’ substance............
I was expecting him to propose astral projection as a way to get around the high price of gas.
This fool is starting to sound like a sci-fi B movie from the fifties.
Democrats are algae. Let’s use them.
There is something mentally wrong with this idiot. I really can’t believe what I just read. Algae!?!?
I’ll give him a pass on this one. A Chicago politician could easily believe there is a limitless supply of pond scum.
Use [anything that isn’t really a viable energy source] instead of oil.
Thanks for the explanation of your energy policy, bammers.
Well to be fair, Bush mentioned cultivating saw grass in a SOTU speech. Saw grass. Run the economy with saw grass.
Algae. Let me guess, we’ll be seeing a Chevy Slime soon that runs on algae. Or is it the Chevy Scum?
“Algae is a plant-like substance as he is a human-like substance............”
I do see the resemblance to pond scum though...
Ba da bing! I laughed out loud!
To be fair that is complete BS without a hint of a shred of a notion of any connection with fact. But I know, you Leftist trolls never bother letting little things like intellectual honesty and factual accuracy get in the way of your mindless adoration of all things Democrat.
At least, that's a lot better than multi-billion dollar subsidies for industrial-scale implementation of unproven or economically nonviable technologies (e.g. solar, wind, corn ethanol).
I remember reading about a company doing this some years ago - the problem is scaling it up to produce the milluions of barrels we need per day would take enourmous investment in facilities and the ultimate cost would be rediculous.
The Navy is using algae fuel on some ships. It costs much, much more than the other fuel. Of course the companies selling the algae fuel to the Navy are 0bama cronies.
Think of it;
A 280,000 bbl/day algae refinery...
“...you’ve got a bunch of algae out here...”
There's something mentally wrong with him but he is no idiot. He is following his proclaimed agenda. The idiots are the ones that believe this crap.
And in Obama’s case, use S**T as a substitute for brains...
Also, Bush did indeed speak of cellulosic bio-fuels (which would include sawgrass).
You owe SkyDancer an apology.
...and to think, for all those years, the EPA made us KILL the algae that grew in sewage lagoons...
That’s it Obama. Burn the bottom of the Food Chain. Trickle Up Global Famine.
“Ill give him a pass on this one. A Chicago politician could easily believe there is a limitless supply of pond scum.”
Ok - that was FUNNY! LOL!
This colossal dumb ass must go!!
Whose to say that what we call oil is not a form of algea? I read an interesting article once that was theorizing on this and it was actually pretty convincing. Seems that we keep finding that the known reserves are growing in size, even as we pump more out.....
I wish I could remember where I saw that article to bring it over, but alas, I am a senile old fool.
Environmentalists aren’t going to have a problem removing algae on a very large scale, considering algae forms the basis of the aquatic food web, and who knows what else? The same people who have an issue with the windmills and birds, will be fine with this? I seriously doubt it.
It’s Time for Slime! Go Green! See How America Looks While Walking!
It will cost $40k and GM workers will have to drive them home and keep their fuel supply in the pool. No more chlorine needed. A reservoir of slime will be at the ready in the backyard. Those without pools can take their slime home in a bucket.
Yes, and don't you dare forget...keep those phakin' tires properly inflated!
Algae won’t do the trick. I even bought a couple website names when I thought it would be viable. The shear tonnage of mass you need to process makes it impractical for large scale production. There’s so much mass that you are better just burning it in a nearby powerplant. Not saying it doesn’t produce energy, just that it will never be a gasoline source.
"During his trip, Bush is also focusing on a proposal to increase investment in development of clean electric power sources, and proposals to speed the development of biofuels such as "cellulosic" ethanol made from wood chips or sawgrass
For your edification you might want to continue to read an FR article:
Bush: Nation is on Verge of Energy Technology Breakthroughs (Prez in Wisconsin, Monday) JSOnline via AP ^ | Fenruary 21, 2006 | AP Staff Writer Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:26:06 AM by Diana in Wisconsin.
Thanks for the backup USFRIENDINVICTORIA
LOL! What a farce!
The exact quote was:
Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. And here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. The best way to break this addiction is through technology. Since 2001, we have spent nearly $10 billion to develop cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable alternative energy sources. And we are on the threshold of incredible advances.
So tonight I announce the Advanced Energy Initiativea 22-percent increase in clean-energy research at the Department of Energyto push for breakthroughs in two vital areas. To change how we power our homes and offices, we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants, revolutionary solar and wind technologies, and clean, safe nuclear energy.
We must also change how we power our automobiles. We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We'll also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips and stalks or switchgrass. Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within 6 years.
Breakthroughs on this and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025. By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.
That was 2006. It's now 2012. So, ethanol should just about be competitive, right?
Truth is, that was just big-government posturing. Everyone knows corn ethanol is stinking political scam. And cellulosic ethanol is still largely a VC pipe dream. That's where it should stay with the VCs. Republican or Democrat, the government should stay the hell out!
Let the VCs invest. And let the oil companies drill, drill drill!