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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-27-06 06:08 AM
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11. Then you start growing commercial quanties of biodiesel feedstock
I highly reccomend that we start growing oil bearing algae myself, since we can grow enough of it to fuel the entire country.<http://www.unh.edu/p2/biodiesel/article_alge.html > Yup, all the fuel we need can be grown on 15,000 square miles of water. We can grow most of it in the holding ponds at every wastewater treatment plant across the country, thus not only growing our own fuel, but efficiently cleaning up sewage water, a twofer :think:

All we really need to do is to mandate that every new vehicle, from trucks to motorcycles are manufactured with a diesel engine. The infrastructure for distribution is in place, refining plants are being set up across the country(I've got two being set up within 125 miles of me). And it makes sense. Biodiesel is ninety percent less polluting than gas engines, and the waste products from its manufacture are glycerin, which could go into making soap, and water :shrug: Sounds great to me. It would also give our farmers a boost.

We also need to switch our electrical generation over to renewables, a combination of wind and solar. A 1991 DOE report found that there is enough havestable wind energy in three states, North Dakota, Kansas and Texas to fill all of our electrical needs, including the growth factor, through the year 2030. Not that I'm saying we should cover those states in wind turbines, but just to show you how abundant wind power is in this country. No nukes, no coal, no fossil fuels needed, just wind.

The sooner this country becomes energy self sufficient the better off we'll be. Alternatives like biodiesel, wind and solar power are off the shelf technologies that will help us achieve that goal. Past time we started using them, don't you think?
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