This great news: apparently DARPA -- the US government agency that gave us things like the internet and such has figured out a procedure to produce bio-diesel jet fuel for less that $3 a gallon. This is great news for a number of reasons.
- for national security - no longer will the military be paying money to a nation / nations (I'm looking at you Saudi Arabia) that fund terrorism/extremism in order to fuel its fleet.
- for civilian use - whatever processes they develop should be able to be used by the general public eventually. A gasoline/ethanol version could also be developed based on their insights.
- algae-base biofuels are the greenest and most efficient of all biofuels. Corn and soy based fuels are barely better for the environment (if not worse) than actual petroleum. Only switchgrass even comes close to algae for use in producing biofuels.
- it won't take food out of our food system or take up crop land like other biofuels do. A few factories spread around the country could meet our needs.
- it represents a great synergy between left and right. The left doesn't want to fund the military, the right doesn't want to fund environmental research. By framing it as a national defense and a green issue, programs like this are successful in getting funding and not getting cut.
Here's hoping this doesn't fade away and/or get suppressed by the powers-that-be. It's encouraging that it's the powers-that-be themselves that created it though.