Scientist in Silicon Valley have created bugs (bacteria) that eats agriculture waste and excretes petrol. From TimesOnline:June 14, 2008
Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol
Silicon Valley is experimenting with bacteria that have been genetically altered to provide 'renewable petroleum'
“Ten years ago I could never have imagined I’d be doing this,” says Greg Pal, 33, a former software executive, as he squints into the late afternoon Californian sun. “I mean, this is essentially agriculture, right? But the people I talk to – especially the ones coming out of business school – this is the one hot area everyone wants to get into.”
He means bugs. To be more precise: the genetic alteration of bugs – very, very small ones – so that when they feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw, they do something extraordinary. They excrete crude oil.
Unbelievably, this is not science fiction. Mr Pal holds up a small beaker of bug excretion that could, theoretically, be poured into the tank of the giant Lexus SUV next to us. Not that Mr Pal is willing to risk it just yet. He gives it a month before the first vehicle is filled up on what he calls “renewable petroleum”. After that, he grins, “it’s a brave new world”. MORE!
So now we wait and see what the oil companies do to squash this idea. Just like the electric car they are going to come out against this idea because it will definitely affect their bottom line. Just think all we have to do is give these little critters some wheat straw and a couple of woodchips and "wahlah" your driving. To those concerned about the planet and carbon emissions, they say this new Oil 2.0 has less carbon emissions than the old crude that is causing us to fight wars all over the Mid-East. So not only is the new Oil 2.0 safer for the environment it will allow us to tell OPEC to f*ck off!
So you think the Oil companies have your best interests at heart?! Then what happened to the Electric cars that GM built?! In California they even had started putting in the infrastructure where people could "re-fuel" their electric cars. Didn't know about the 1000's of electric cars that were made in the mid 90's? Check out the video, it runs about 90 minutes but it is a fascinating watch!
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