Quotes from the article by Elizabeth:
__Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum
addiction? Here´s one start-up´s plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae.__
__ In 1978 President Carter established the Aquatic Species Program (ASP), a research initiative charged with developing biodiesel from algae as a
clean, homegrown alternative to gasoline. Yet some two decades and $25 million later, the team had failed to produce any significant amount of oil
from algae, and in 1996 the Clinton administration axed the program.__
The Greenest Green Fuel by Elizabeth Svoboda
I attended a couple panels on algae two years ago and like many innovative energy ideas, algae has issues.
(Extracting the oil has proved elusive also.)
Of the many thousands of types of algae, relatively few can produce oil that would provide fuel or biodiesel.
A BIG PROBLEM according to some professors is the fact that algae ponds with the right stuff could be contaminated with invasive algae. Some have
discussed growing them in plastic tanks or other more controlled environments which has got to be spendy. Growing in open ponds has not been the
If GM algae. which is being researched for biofuel, escapes into
natural algae ponds, that could precipitate other disasters - look
what happened when GM corn contaminated Mexican strains
and Monsanto's Round-Up ready canola seed contaminated the
organic canola seed fields Percy Schmeiser had developed for 35 years.
As the first article in a Google search for genetically modified algae
little green monsters or clean energy to save the world?