Monday, June 29, 2009

Manure to Methane...Great Idea!

From Conrad...

One of my favorite scientists who likes to play God is J. Craig Venter. His team found a bacteria that produces an enzyme that can turn coal into methane. This could mean the end of mountain removal mining. Instead, those microscopic bugs could be injected into the coal deposits, and the methane could be pumped out. Natural gas has a smaller carbon footprint than coal, and does not release the heavy metals, spread the radioactive dust, or pose the disposal problem of slag. This is not as carbon free an energy source like solar or wind, but it is greener than business as ususal.

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