Re: [asa] UN Downgrades Man's Impact On The Climate

From: Ted Davis <tdavis@messiah.edu>
Date: Mon Dec 11 2006 - 09:28:17 EST

>>> "Don Winterstein" <dfwinterstein@msn.com> 12/11/06 9:03 AM >>>writes:
 Don't forget too, that there are other looming issues such as energy.

The current issue of Business Week (Dec. 18) states in an article entitled
Put a Termite In Your Tank, "If efforts [involving 'bio breakthroughs' for
digesting cellulose] can be scaled up efficiently, America's forests,
agricultural waste, and 40 to 60 million acres of prairie grass could supply
100 billion gallons or more of fuel per year--while slashing greenhouse gas
emissions. That would replace more than half the 150 billion gallons of
gasoline now used [by the US] annually...."

Lots of "ifs" there, but still a rather remarkable statement. Pilot
facilities are already being built.

Ted responds:
A couple of months ago, I heard a lecture by David Pimentel that all but
rejected this approach as unrealistic, both economically and in terms of
energy production. Advance publicity is here:
http://www.dickinson.edu/news/nrshow.cfm?981

Ted

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