It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

Algae: America’s future transportation fuel?

page: 1
1

log in

join
share:

posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 11:54 AM
link   

“We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline and diesel and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance—algae.” “Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in the United States.” From President Obama’s speech at the University of Miami.[ia]

“There are no silver bullets short term when it comes to gas prices—and anybody who says otherwise isn’t telling the truth” Obama noted in a speech at the University of Miami. The president then discussed a $14 million federal grant to help make fuel from algae that he believes can replace up to 17 percent of our imported oil at lower cost and in an energy secure manner. This algae pipe dream has been dreamt for years. Since the Carter administration, the dream of producing fuels from algae has been just around the corner. Even the proponents of this dream admit that algae-produced transportation fuels will not be commercially available at that level for a long time. Former President Bush has a similar pipe dream of cellulosic ethanol—not one of the production targets mandated in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 has been met. Obama’s algae pipe dream will not be here in the short term as he well knows. But, President Obama can take action to lower oil prices if he chooses to go the route of conventional fuels and allows access to them on federal lands.


www.canadafreepress.com...

Algae really? Another ploy to gain support for Obama over something that will never come to be. How about going back to that steam engine that runs off water to power our cars?




posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 12:01 PM
link   
This is so far in the future, any touting of it as a viable source of mass fuel now, is nothing more than Obama pandering to his extreme left conservationists, and vote trolling with the gullible masses. JMOHO...

Des



posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 12:09 PM
link   
I thought just keeping my tires inflated was enough to solve the fuel crisis.
Then it was biofuel. But, we pay farmers not to grow corn.

Who will we pay to not grow algae?



posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 01:59 PM
link   
You do understand that one of the reasons why gas prices run so high is ebcause there is no real competition. If there were more competition, then gas prices would be lower. I don't know how much lower, but I will welcome lower gas prices. I'd love to see gas prices at $2.69 again, like they were ten to fifteen years ago. There's no real reason why gas prices should be so high, and the only real reason they are this high is because of greed, and only greed.

So I will support Obama on this particular issue.

Of course, you can expect the big oil companies to fight this tooth and nail ebcause it will mean less profit for them.

And of course algae can be used along with the other crops and waste plant material that, well, go to waste, as well as creating jobs and a new economy.

This kind of things only has win win across the board.



posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 02:15 PM
link   

Originally posted by EvilSadamClone
You do understand that one of the reasons why gas prices run so high is ebcause there is no real competition. If there were more competition, then gas prices would be lower. I don't know how much lower, but I will welcome lower gas prices. I'd love to see gas prices at $2.69 again, like they were ten to fifteen years ago. There's no real reason why gas prices should be so high, and the only real reason they are this high is because of greed, and only greed.

So I will support Obama on this particular issue.

Of course, you can expect the big oil companies to fight this tooth and nail ebcause it will mean less profit for them.

And of course algae can be used along with the other crops and waste plant material that, well, go to waste, as well as creating jobs and a new economy.

This kind of things only has win win across the board.



You do understand there is no competition for a reason right? Something called controlling a market and profit - there are many sources of energy to power your car that are cleaner burning, non-pollutants, and very cheap like steam engines that run off water and is reusable as it just evaporates and rains down again. Clean, cheap energy is available but it poses a problem for those running the world - cheap or free energy will not fill pockets with cash.



posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 04:32 PM
link   
This is well and good but growing enough algae to supply a significant portion of our energy needs would mean a huge increase in the price of phosphorus, and therefore the price of food. Phosphorous is the limiting nutrient, moreso than nitrogen, in growing things, and because our supply of phosphorous is limited by the fact that we mine it from a limited number of deposits we would have to split the supply between agriculture and algae aquaculture. I think of this because of yesterday's thread on future phosphorous shortages. If we can develop ways to get phosphorous independent of mineral deposits, I am all for it, though.

Also, the inflation of gas prices is due to the worldwide money printing that has been taking place over the last month in all the world's major central banks EXCEPT the fed, for once.
edit on 26-3-2012 by Mkoll because: (no reason given)



new topics

top topics
 
1

log in

join