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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sustainably stealing the world's oil

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the folks who helped Al Gore invent the Internet*, are studying the possibility of using biofuels to power America's full-spectrum dominance:
The Defense Department has been directed to explore a wide range of energy alternatives and fuel efficiency efforts in a bid to reduce the military?s reliance on oil to power its aircraft, ground vehicles and non-nuclear ships. DARPA is interested in proposals for research and development efforts to develop a process that efficiently produces a surrogate for petroleum based military jet fuel (JP-8) from oil-rich crops produced by either agriculture or aquaculture (including but not limited to plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria) and which ultimately can be an affordable alternative to petroleum-derived JP-8. Current commercial processes for producing biodiesel yield a fuel that is unsuitable for military applications, which require higher energy density and a wide operating temperature range.
Here's a better idea--turn those jets into plowshares or something.

Also in the "Good ideas for bad people" category, as well as the "Al Gore" category, there's this story:
Wal-Mart Stores hosted former Vice President Al Gore at a conference Wednesday evening that the company said is the next step in its efforts to improve the environment.

The company said the conference at its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters, dubbed the quarterly sustainability network meeting, included Gore's presentation on the dangers of global warming, as well as one from officials of the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
So what's next? Was Ken Lay taken to his final stealing place in a hybrid hearse? Is W now writing his pro-torture signing statements on 100% recycled paper? Are we now using ultra-low-sulfur fuel in our napalm? Composting the bodies of our victims?

* Yes, I know Gore didn't invent the Internet, and I know he didn't claim that he did.