Monday, August 08, 2005

Logging for Oil?

University of Idaho graduate student, Juan Andres Soria, believes the answer to the world's crude oil crisis grows on trees. He says he has developed a process that turns wood into bio-oil, a substance similar to crude oil.

I for one have expected that the first move away from petroleum will be something along these lines, rather than the buzz-rich hydrogen economy. If for no other reason than because of the inertia of our culture of convenience. We'll be watching a news report about excited buyers of a hydrogen car, a guy with a Segway in his closet, and a husband will turn to a wife and say, "Honey, I'm on my way to SuperAmerica to gas up. Do we need anything?"

And let's not forget the entertainment value of the environmental snit that we surely would witness with the advent of the Big Oil/Big Lumber industrial complex.

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