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Oil - a renewable energy ?

When we talk about renewable energy, would you think about oil actually ? Wind, sun, geothermal energy, yes. But oil ?
"One of the terribly tricky questions in this ol’ world of ours is how to sustain a species that likes to extract toxic crude oil from the ground and use it in a way that’s disturbingly damaging to the environment they inhabit." writes Stephanie Swift in her blog article "Pumping out Petrol with Bioengineered Bugs". Read further to learn how bacteria can be "convinced" to produce oil for us.

This has been my 200th posting here on Frihost ! Razz

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All I can think about is trying to get rid of the oil under my feet when I visited a beach in the UAE - Fujairah and Dibba. Totally ruins the beach. I did that once, and never again.
deanhills on Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:02 pm
While the extraction issues of using oil may be reduced, the damage of oil consumption can only be exacerbated. Fail.

Rather than trying to figure out how to produce more oil for fuel, we should be seeking better technologies in energy production. This sort of thing, while neat, is quite short sighted.
Ankhanu on Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:11 pm
First of all I think we need to sort out the over population and over production of things we don't use. But over population is right high up there. Totally ruining the world.
deanhills on Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:41 am
Totally agreee, deanhills. Over-population is the number 1 problem, most other problems arise because of this one !
A book which really changed my life is "The Population Bomb" by Paul R. Ehrlich, written in the 70th of the last century.
amagard on Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:05 am
Great term "population bomb" - probably going to turn out more lethal than the atomic bomb.

PS: Congratulations with your 200th post. Smile
deanhills on Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:33 pm
Clearly, any form of biofuel does qualify as a renewable energy source. The primary problem I see with current efforts, primarily gasahol, is that they compete with resources needed for other things. If bacteria can convert other materials to gasoline in a highly targeted and efficient way, and we don't get overrun with the unanticipated products of genetic engineering gone awry, then we could end up with an adequate and continuous supply of gasoline.

In the article, she was very dismissive and negative about our current use of oil. I hope the technology is better than her attitude.
SonLight on Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:49 am

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