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Saturday, November 24, 2007

An answer to oil dependence?

From Southeast Farm Press:
Years ago, Conoco advertised its gasoline to consumers by urging them to "put a tiger in your tank." With its introduction of motor oil made from beef tallow, a firm called Green Earth Technologies could consider marketing its product with a tagline such as "beef up your engine."

Called G-Oil, it's the first bio-based, high-endurance motor oil to provide superior performance at competitive prices, reports Doane's Ag Report. While it takes nearly three barrels of crude oil to make one barrel of motor oil, Green Earth says it gets a full barrel of quality motor oil from a barrel of animal fat.

I don't think this is a long-term substitute for oil, after all how many animals does it take to generate a barrel of animal fat? However, it is interesting that there are alternative technologies that are becoming more viable with oil reaching backstop technology prices.

I'd prefer a hydrogen fuel cell break through, but as the price of oil continues to climb we might be able to look to this.
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