Algae Fuel, Baby December 3, 2007Posted by fitsnews in Good Stuff.
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE IS SWAMPALICIOUS
FITSNews – December 3, 2007 – Since the legendary Pimpfiniti was powered exclusively by the unbridled sex appeal of its owner, we haven’t really gotten into the whole debate over emerging fuel technologies. We do have a little container of biodiesel fuel in our office, but in all fairness Sic Willie thought it was a minibottle of Jack Daniels when he ganked it from the office of one of his many ex-girlfriend lobbyists up in D.C.
Accordingly, we’re not entirely up to speed on things like algae fuel, for example. Or frankly anything related to the whole fuel debate that doesn’t involve bitching at the gas pump. All we know is if you call something “clean coal” it polls a helluva lot better than “dirty coal.” Sort of like clean laundry versus dirty laundry.
Anyway, far as we can tell, the whole alternative energy debate revolves around a desire to “reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” which is a nice way of saying that the people who control foreign oil pretty much want to kill us. It may also have something to do with the environment. We’re not really sure.
But for those of you presently unable to power your cars, homes and businesses off of your own sex appeal, scientists are working hard to make algae a cost-effective fuel source that can be produced for just two bucks a gallon. Right now it’s $20 a gallon, which according to people who can count is “impractical.” It also doesn’t taste too hot on the rocks with a twist of lime.
The process apparently involves isolating the correct algae strains, which sounds almost as fun as seeing your favorite rock band in concert.
“If you can get algae oils down below $2 a gallon, then you’ll be where you need to be,” Jennifer Holmgren, director of the renewable fuels unit of UOP, an energy subsidiary of Honeywell International, tells the New York Times. “And there’s a lot of people who think you can.”
In case you’re wondering, at this point we’re looking for pretty much any excuse to stop writing about this particular subject. We’re not even sure why we started writing about it in the first place, because it’s probably not all that important. Unless of course Jennifer Holmgren is hot, in which case count on FITSNews to keep you up to speed on the very latest developments …