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Renewable Petroleum

It just takes time....
 
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Here's one for all people just begging for a renewable fuel that would be easy for consumers to use.

Take biomass (corn, cows, soy... reptiles work best), subject it to extreme heat and pressure sourced from a geothermal power plant, wait a little while, refine it in existing refineries (located worldwide, no costly new investments required) and distribute it to filling stations. Voila! Renewable petreleum that can purge the western world's dependence on mid-east oil!

mk, Nov 19 2002

(?) Anything into Oil http://www.discover...may_03/featoil.html
This is big. [rapid transit, Oct 04 2004]

(?) Greasel fuel http://members.nuvo...atscarb/greasel.htm
Greasel, or used waste, vegetable derived, cooking oil as fuel for diesel engined vehicles, and could be obtained virtually free of charge from restaurants. Some hardware conversion needed though, and there are other related URL links too for those with further interest. [rthlng, Oct 04 2004]


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       Maybe a long while. Why not get a Molecular Assembler? or something and assemble carbon dioxide and water into oxygen gas and hydrocarbons?
Macwarrior, Mar 04 2003
  

       Biodiesel has made remarkable strides over the past few years. I currently burn pure virgin soybean-derived biodiesel in my bone-stock 2002 VW New Beetle TDI and average nearly 50 miles per gallon in mixed city and highway driving. While the fuel is about 50% more expensive than regular petro diesel, I actually spend less on fuel than a typical gasoline-powered vehicle owner does.   

       Some great facts about biodiesel: 1) easy to make 2) is 100% domestic 3) is a renewable energy source 4) burns cleaner than petro diesel 5) has a nearly closed carbon cycle (very little additional CO2)   

       I can't say that about any other fuel on the market, including electricity and hydrogen (now where did that eletricity come from, exactly, coal ? nuclear ? natural gas ? oil ?).   

       Also, TomBomb, petrol is not the cheapest thing around, once you factor in the cost of 9/11, Gulf War I, and Gulf War II.
SwimmerDave, Apr 10 2003
  

       You just love pluggin' yer Bug, don'tcha? Ya rug-snug Bug-plugger.
galukalock, Apr 10 2003
  

       Baked. Exposed to a vacuum. Then baked again.   

       See link.
rapid transit, May 20 2003
  

       (22 Oct 04) Both links now broken.
david_scothern, Oct 22 2004
  


 

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