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Why am I putting this on a computer hardware news section? Because this discovery could drop the price of plastic and other petrochemicals even further as it has the potential to make the process of drilling for oil a complete waste of resources. Dear Lord, it could destabilize the entire world energy market.

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Bell says he wondered what digestive process inside a cow enabled it to change food into the hydrocarbon molecules of methane, so he began looking into replicating and speeding up the process.

"Through genetic manipulation, we've changed the naturally occurring bacteria, so they eat and consume biomass a little more efficiently," he said. "It works. There's not even any debate that it works. It really is an all-natural, simple process that cows use on a daily basis."

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I have only read the 1st three paragraphs but its good and all if they can turn anything into oil for energy and fuel, but now the problem is not getting oil out as in theory we don't want oil anymore, global warming anyone?

If this goes ahead, everyone will just keep on burning up our atmosphere.
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Originally Posted by OCZedd View Post
I have only read the 1st three paragraphs but its good and all if they can turn anything into oil for energy and fuel, but now the problem is not getting oil out as in theory we don't want oil anymore, global warming anyone?

If this goes ahead, everyone will just keep on burning up our atmosphere.
Burning up our atmosphere? How about thickening it up so much that heat can't escape and we all bake to death

Ozone holes and CO2 pollution are two different things

Ah well. At least we'll have cheap gas before we die
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Burning up our atmosphere? How about thickening it up so much that heat can't escape and we all bake to death

Ozone holes and CO2 pollution are two different things

Ah well. At least we'll have cheap gas before we die
Tell me bout it lol

Here it costs £1.20 ($2.36) for a litre of petrol. Thats over $10 a gallon!
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This is not the future, its a dirty energy that is highly destructive. Although it may save us from a crisis over shortages.
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dont we already have cars that run on liquid hydrogen and are safe/inexpensive?
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I don't think methane can be compared to the oil.

It can be used as a fuel, but nothing to do with the plastics and PVC.

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dont we already have cars that run on liquid hydrogen and are safe/inexpensive?
Safe??? Believe me, they are not. Shuttles are using LH and LO, and they explode very often.
It seems that electric cars are more efficient.
Edited by metala - 5/26/08 at 12:23pm
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Just a little note here.
The oil thing sounds great, but I disagree with what most people are saying.
If you look back at the last 50 years, there have been many so called 'environment scares' all banded about my the same type of people (sandals, heavily bearded.......), and none of them have come to anything - as far as I know parts of my anatomy have not fallen off yet.
I think you people should watch 'the great global warming swindle'.
    
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This is not the future, its a dirty energy that is highly destructive.
This is very much not true, although an understandable conclusion as the article was misleading. When the article says they produced "oil" they don't mean the petrol that you put in your car, or the black sludge that comes from the ground, they mean methane. Methane burns much more cleanly than other hydrocarbons, as it is the simplest one. Also this process of using left over plant matter adds no net carbon to the atmosphere, as the plants got the carbon from the atmosphere in the first place.

This is very much more like natural gas than oil sludge
Edited by The Bartender Paradox - 5/26/08 at 12:23pm
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dont we already have cars that run on liquid hydrogen and are safe/inexpensive?
Yeah we do, they have all the things petrol cars have, they are just as fast and responsive. The problem is with them is that it takes a very large tank of water (for the hydrogen) to go only a few miles compared to petrol cars which has a better energy to dimension ratio.
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