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  •  Wonder if there's any green energy reaearch... (2+ / 0-)
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    oceanview, raincrow

    Would make more sense than growing ethanol corn instead of food

    •  Anaerobic digesters (3+ / 0-)
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      aimzzz, raincrow, MyBrainWorks

      Take a sealed container at room temperature. Crap in, methane out.

      There's a little more to it than that, obviously — filtering out sulfur, for example, but that's a simple process (iron filings). Overall, the technology is very simple and can be scaled about as much as you want. They use it fairly widely in India (google for "gobar gas").

      Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)
      Read FAR Future, a serial peak-oil novel, at my blog.

      by dirtroad on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 01:01:27 PM PST

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      •  Unfortunately, methane = MAJOR greenhouse gas (0+ / 0-)

        Then again, considering that natural gas is a major feedstock in plastics mfring, maybe animal methane could be used for such purposes rather than as fossil fuel...?

        •  Don't vent it, burn it (0+ / 0-)

          Sure, you end up with CO2. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas when released into the atmosphere*, but the idea is to capture it & use it as a fuel (or like you said) a feedstock for other purposes.

          *which is why a good fart warms you up

          Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)
          Read FAR Future, a serial peak-oil novel, at my blog.

          by dirtroad on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 01:18:22 PM PST

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