Liar in chief, pulls this stuff out of his butt.
OF COURSE Obama likes algae. After all, he’s hung out with pond scum from college on. . . .
This article doesn’t mention it, but there are many companies trying to do this sort of thing and have been running into problems for years. For some of these problems, companies are trying workarounds by genetically engineering algae that has properties that can skip some of these steps. However, this often runs into a different set of problems. It is easy to grow algae, very easy. But it is difficult to grow only the type you wish to grow, and nothing else. Cheap growth ponds only invite contamination from the wind and will lower yields. Also, algae grows so quickly that any problems can cause a collapse in the population if not adressed immediately, unlike other crops like corn. This is manageable with technology, but also adds greatly to cost.
"Three years ago I came out with a bold proposal to inflate American tires, and that alone has diminished our dependency on foreign oil by 83 percent. The remaining 17 percent can be easily made up for with algae - if we can only figure out how to make energy out of that.
"Why algae? Because we've got a lot of it. In fact, as a nation, we're loaded with pretty much everything - take dirt, for example. We have a lot - A LOT of dirt. Except 'dirt' doesn't have the same foreign, cosmopolitan ring to it as the word 'algae' has.
"So I'm hereby announcing production of a new algae-powered automobile: the Chevy Fishtank."