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Oil Problem Solved

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by zrinkill, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Scientists Find Microbes That Eat Garbage, Excrete Crude Oil


    "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 bacteria — so that when they feed on agricultural waste such as wood chips or wheat straw, they do something extraordinary. They excrete crude oil.


    Unbelievably, this is not science fiction. 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 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."


    Pal is a senior director of LS9, one of several companies in or near Silicon Valley that have spurned traditional high-tech activities such as software and networking and embarked instead on an extraordinary race to make $140-a-barrel oil from Saudi Arabia obsolete.


    "All of us here — everyone in this company and in this industry — are aware of the urgency," Pal says.


    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4133668.ece


    :lmao: Peta will put a stop to this ....
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Do they cover insects? I say half in jest but I really don't know.

    On a side note, this reminds me of that red planet movie where the bugs eat the algae and secret oxygen.
  3. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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    Didn't they eat one of the humans too?
  4. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    Insects are one thing, but I would be alarmed if PETA started boycotting the use or testing of bacteria.

  5. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    Here's another quote from the article:

    :eek:

    If they can pull this off on a large scale, this could have a dramatic effect on the price of oil.
  6. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    That's really quite amazing.
  7. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    So it would not be fossile fuel any more .....


    Just crap fuel.


    I wonder if crap will become slang for something good now. ..... ;)
  8. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    insects and bacteria are two separate things.

    they may cover insects, but certainly not bacteria.

    (and plus, people have done this for insulin too, and I haven't really heard of many complaints.)
  9. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    You mean the far right wing will put a stop to this since the science involves genetic alteration. :p:
  10. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I think that is a legitimate question since you never know what the whackos in charge of PETA are going to do.
  11. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    I'm not sure on the PETA thing. I don't think they cover insects. I think they only animals that could be construed as "cute".

    And their definition of cute involves just about anything with 4 legs.
  12. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Four appendages. They like birds.
  13. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    [IMG]

    Only birds riding on kittens.
  14. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    They used dead babies to make this stuff ??????? That would be a liberal wet dream!


    ;)
  15. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    It's Alive!

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