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So by using Rust and Water, we can solve our car fuel problem?
OMG, this is so great, we can solve all our energy problems just by moving the few remaining people out of Detroit and use all that old rust that was a city as a catalyst. biggrin.gif

So wrong it's right.
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Except the, you know, "produces carbon dioxide during combustion" and "limited supply" part.

Hydrocarbons were made from carbon dioxide. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon that used to be part of the biosphere but has been trapped lifelessly under ground for millions of years. It is a good thing.

If scientists were to design a perfect fuel it would probably look something like hydrocarbons, but since hydrocarbons were created by nature first they get looked down on. Oh the irony.
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Then the oil company buys out that's technology and left it the locked safe and never to be use again til the end of time
Wrong, they'll throw the blueprints, research material AND the inventors into the cold fusion reactor that they've got in their basement.
 
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Hydrocarbons were made from carbon dioxide. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon that used to be part of the biosphere but has been trapped lifelessly under ground for millions of years. It is a good thing.
If scientists were to design a perfect fuel it would probably look something like hydrocarbons, but since hydrocarbons were created by nature first they get looked down on. Oh the irony.

Ok it's not the hydrocarbons that suck per-se, it's the stigma they've been given by the tyrannic world-burden that is the hydrocarbon industry.

Good enough reason for me to be a h8r.
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Was that not painted with thermite? (Mythbusters...)

iirc you're right
    
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Hydrocarbons were made from carbon dioxide. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon that used to be part of the biosphere but has been trapped lifelessly under ground for millions of years. It is a good thing.
If scientists were to design a perfect fuel it would probably look something like hydrocarbons, but since hydrocarbons were created by nature first they get looked down on. Oh the irony.

It's not a good thing, because we don't want the carbon dioxide released back into the atmosphere.
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Hydrocarbons were made from carbon dioxide. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon that used to be part of the biosphere but has been trapped lifelessly under ground for millions of years. It is a good thing.
If scientists were to design a perfect fuel it would probably look something like hydrocarbons, but since hydrocarbons were created by nature first they get looked down on. Oh the irony.

So basically, pumping oil out of the ground and burning it to release all that tasty, healthy, wholesome carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere is a good thing?

Please, give me a break.
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So basically, pumping oil out of the ground and burning it to release all that tasty, healthy, wholesome carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere is a good thing?
Please, give me a break.

I'm not even a big supporter of global warming theories myself, I understand that the world is heating up, and we may be causing some percentage of it. My real qualm with just burning all the hydrocarbons is that they are limited, and when they become scarce things like plastic production and medicine will suffer price hikes.

edit: just as a drop in the ocean, btw. There's countless uses for hydrocarbons besides burning them.
Edited by un-midas touch - 11/12/12 at 1:49pm
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It's not a good thing, because we don't want the carbon dioxide released back into the atmosphere.

Yes, we do. Plants can not live with out carbon dioxide.

Its the basis of life. Less carbon = less life.
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Yes, we do. Plants can not live with out carbon dioxide.
Its the basis of life. Less carbon = less life.

There already is enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to let plants live. Heck, there's a very small percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere and we're fine.
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