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Apr. 17th, 2003 | 10:43 pm

Anything (carbon based) into oil.

Changing World Technolgy has apparently managed to build a device that can digest most carbon based things into "high-quality oil, clean-burning gas, and purified minerals".

It should work incredibly well on the waste streams from industrial meat farms.

If it's used to produce most of the combusted fuels our society uses from current biologic waste it would even be carbon neutral.

So on the plus side a number if it works as advertised it could clean up a number of sources of pollution, on the downside (for me) we wouldn't have an oil shortage to get people to stop driving cars.

(Though even with carbon neutral gasoline, I can still complain about habitat loss, lung cancer, noise pollution, ground water pollution, and possibly social alienation produced by a auto-centric transportation system.)

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Apr. 17th, 2003 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Hey, thanx for reminding me about that. I meant to mention it to you, but I forgot. Damned amazing and cool process!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 17th, 2003 11:45 pm (UTC)
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The really impressive part to me was discussing dropping in ground computer components. Aparently the machine can reduce that as well.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Apr. 18th, 2003 07:55 am (UTC)
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Question about the carbon-neutrality: I thought the current carbon flow was from buried mineral forms being turned into atmospheric carbon. Will this sort of device help with that? It just sounds like it'll make it easier to put un-fossilized carbon into the air. I guess we won't be shifting below-ground carbon to above-ground carbon, but I didn't have the impression that turkey guts in landfills were contributing to the carbon problem. I'm not an expert, though.

I also like the comment "While no one plans to put people into a thermal depolymerization machine..." -- oh, I'm sure someone is thinking about it.

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