Monday, February 28, 2011

Technology to Save the World

Interesting story about a genetically engineered organism that produces diesel fuel.

A US biotechnology company says it can produce the fuel that runs cars and jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow.Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company says it can manipulate the organism to produce the renewable fuels on demand at unprecedented rates, and can do it in facilities large and small at costs comparable to the cheapest fossil fuels.
What can it mean? No less than "energy independence", Joule's website tells the world, even if the world's not quite convinced.

The fact is that I won't be holding my breath.
     I know that modern science and technology can perform miracles and in fact have been asking myself why the oil crisis that is inevitable as oil reserves run dry, isn't being addressed by science.
What I should be asking is where do all good inventions that give us an alternative to oil go to die?

Whose interests are most affected by this discovery?
Why of course the oil companies and those Sheiks who sit on the world's oil reserves.
So who do you think is going to buy out this technology and bury it?
Answer, the oil companies or the Sheiks who sit on the world's oil reserves.
These oil companies and sheiks who own most of the world's wealth and influence foreign policy of the U.S.A and other countries. 


Jeannie said...

I have 10 bucks - what can you add to it and we'll make an offer!

I wish you weren't right.

Mattexian said...

I can already see a disaster, if this organism got out "into the wild", producing bio-diesel wherever, making a bigger spill than anyone dreamed of last year in the Gulf of Mexico. I suppose it would be fine until those same scientists invent a solution with an organism that "eats" any oil products, and they release it, and it destroys any and everything made from petroleum. (I've read that scenario in a sci-fi novella.)

Damien said...
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Damien said...


We really need to gain energy Independence. These oil rich Islamic theocracies fund terrorism with the money we give them for their oil. The only down side I can see with this, is that it might contribute to climate change. We're pumping enough CO2 into the atmosphere as it is, but what's a viable alternative if this doesn't work?

Trestin said...

I'm not convinced we will ever run out of oil. I think it's just a scare tacit used by the green mob

Damien said...


Crude oil takes millions of years to form naturally. I don't think its impossible that we could eventually reach a point where it there's so little of it left that its really hard to find, and it becomes too expensive to drill up what little is left. Hopefully by that time, oil will be replaced by a new superior energy source that doesn't cause the problems that oil does.

Lexcen said...

A long time ago, when I previously wrote on this subject, I had a blogger comment that oil supplies were definitely not running out. If you do a Google check, you will find that no lesser authority than Shell Oil Company saying that oil reserves have reached a plateau. I hope you understand what this implies.