Monday, June 16, 2008

Oil Bugs And Old Theories

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”.

Mr 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 (£70) from Saudi Arabia obsolete. “All of us here – everyone in this company and in this industry, are aware of the urgency,” Mr Pal says.

What is most remarkable about what they are doing is that instead of trying to reengineer the global economy – as is required, for example, for the use of hydrogen fuel – they are trying to make a product that is interchangeable with oil. The company claims that this “Oil 2.0” will not only be renewable but also carbon negative – meaning that the carbon it emits will be less than that sucked from the atmosphere by the raw materials from which it is made.

Times of London -- Scientists find buts that eat waste and excrete petrol

Wow, this could bring to reality the belief of the abiogenic petroleum origin theory supported by the late astrophysicist Thomas Gold who also predicted what the surface of the moon would be like (Motor Trend -- Is The Earth Producing More Oil). This theory, widely accepted in Russia for years is reported to have helped them decide to drill deeper then the level at which oil would normally be expected to exist.

Of course this manufactured oil would completely destroy the minds of many eco-wacko's because as mentioned it is better then carbon neutral -- and as such we could continue life without the radical changed they seem to prefer.

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