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Americans discover renewable petroleum thats is carbon negative. Oil 2.0

“Ten years ago I could never have imagined I’d be doing this,” says Greg Pal, 33, a former software executive, as he squints into the late afternoon Californian sun. “I mean, this is essentially agriculture, right? But the people I talk to – especially the ones coming out of business school – this is the one hot area everyone wants to get into.”

He means bugs. To be more precise: the genetic alteration of bugs – very, very small ones – so that when they feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw, they do something extraordinary. They excrete crude oil.

Unbelievably, this is not science fiction. Mr Pal holds up a small beaker of bug excretion that could, theoretically, be poured into the tank of the giant Lexus SUV next to us. Not that Mr Pal is willing to risk it just yet. He gives it a month before the first vehicle is filled up on what he calls “renewable petrole

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Added: Jun-13-2008 
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  • GO America GO. We have some of the brightest minds in the world. We will gwt through this ME bs. We are on Mars while the rest of the world has barley hit orbit of the earth. We can do what ever we set down and try to do history is proof.
    Another reason to be a proud american. No one can touch us.

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    • im a American, and i think that was well put.
      as it has been said, with the seasons there is change.
      thanks Kiwi, you people and country have been a great friend to us for many years. sorry about our BS the last few decades...

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    • everyone dies when the U.S. falls though

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    • Heya bud. How ya been been in London for 2 weeks. I was talking in terms of science and space travel not war stuff. Im sick really of the war stuff. Iraq is winding down. Im so happy they have stalled on the pact. That means Govt is listening to its people.

      Iraq is seeing its first peaceful demonstrations and people saying what they want. They never could do that before. Its amazing. I hope they tell us no bases and just a friendship protection pact. That means the Govt cmpletly listen to the More..

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    • You'd still be picking your nose if it weren't for the foreign brains you are collecting since WW2. So next time you think about your "greatness" remember - it's imported, rarely homegrown.

      Sorry to burst your bubble, it was a nice one.

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    • The US is an Import store. We are all imports or are great grandfathers were. I have no issues with that their all americans now and their familys and kin are now born here. Im not against Immigration as long as its done in a legal way.

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  • very cool...I hope it works.

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  • A better feed-stock would be oil speculators. Stop with the arab BS
    This is a scam from the futures market. The hedge funds and banks are doing this to us not arabs. They are trying to buy some time before they implode by looting the middle class. They are on borrowed time and will throw us under the bus to try to save themselves.
    If the arabs gave us oil at ten cents a barrel it would still have to go through the futures market and come out the other end at $5.00 a gallon anyway.

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  • Whoops, messed up the title.

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  • use hemp fools

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  • They should produce this and have pumps at the gas station right next to the petrol fuel pumps. So you have a choice of fossil fuel or ameaba shit fuel.
    Then they would compete for the market and lower their prices. I would pay extra for the ameaba shit just to help kick off a price war. And to get ourselves away from foreign oil and wtf help the invironment. Anyhow this all sounds to good to be true but we'll see.

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  • Problem with using agricultural products for fuel is that instead of paying out your nose for petrol you will pay out your nose for food. They might wrap it nice in words like "waste", but while using waste is good, its even more efficient to produce on prime farm land.

    Personaly I see bio-energy as a blind path. Using cleaner modern tech nuclear power and various forms of solar power(wind/cells/wave etc) to charge hydrogen/battery power cars will be much less problematic in regards More..

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  • This is not just bio fuel in terms of using wheat or corn. These microbes could convent any starch based plant into fuel. We could use the worst type of land and grow weeds on it or rough grasses even stinging nettles. Bio fuels that require prime land is a blind path but genetically engineered microbes offer such promise for the future. Its another from of natural solar energy that is more efficient than our primitive attempts with semiconductors and can go directly into your fuel tank without More..

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  • getting my phd in microbiology right now! WOOT!

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  • I dont give a fuck who developes this shit. Just do it, and make it work and the whole world will benefit.
    Hey, Maybe the fuel produceing companies can come around and mow everyones grass for free, so they can harvest the grass clippings for feed stock.Two birds with one stone.

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  • if this stuff is something to rave about, why no vid?

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