Clean Fuels at a Glance

  • • Higher Mixed Alcohols
  • • Methanol
  • • Grain Ethanol
  • • Cellulosic Ethanol
  • • Synthetic Ethanol
  • • Biodiesel
  • • Butanol
  • • Dimethyl Ether (DME)
Synthetic gasoline? Syndiesel from coal? Oil-based fuels from algae, grasses or waste grease? Single alcohols like ethanol? What about higher mixed alcohol fuel?

Which fuel is the best and why?

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Fuel For Thought

There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance."

- Buckminister Fuller

Somebody needed to do something, and it was incredibly pathetic that it had to be us.

- Jerry Garcia

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.

- Walt Kelly

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

-Richard Feynman

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The Green Fuel Prescription

At Risk: Economy, Environment
Disease: Fossil Fuel Dependency
Symptoms: Pollution, Oil Sheiks
Cure: Higher Mixed Alcohol Fuel
Dosage: Continuous 24/7
Contraindications: None
Manufacturer: Bioroot Energy, LLC

No Landfill Near Joshua Tree

(AP) JOSHUA TREE, Calif. — A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld a 2005 court decision that effectively halted the development of what would have been one of the nation’s largest landfills near Joshua Tree National Park. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel let stand a ruling that prevented development of the Eagle Mountain Landfill in an abandoned iron ore mine.

Kaiser Ventures of Ontario wanted to develop the dump, which would have received 20,000 tons* of trash from Los Angeles County daily for 117 years. The 4,654-acre site is about 1.5 miles from the park’s boundaries and surrounded by the park on three sides.

Two jojoba farmers sued more than 20 years ago to stop a Bureau of Land Management deal necessary for the development. The National Parks Conservation Association later joined the case.

Environmentalists said the ruling was a “major victory” that protects bighorn sheep and the endangered desert tortoise by inflating the population of predators like coyotes and ravens.

Kaiser Ventures and the BLM can appeal the decision to the full appeals court. A call to their attorneys was not returned Tuesday night.

*That, friends, would have been a boatload of trash: 40,000,000 lbs. x 365=14,600,000,000 lbs./year

14,600,000,ooo lbs./year x 117 years= 1.7 trillion lbs. – 1,708,200,000,000 lbs. (854,100,000 tons) – This is nearly 4 times as much solid waste as the entire United States generates in a year.

Just imagine how much biofuel that amount of trash could make, not to mention how much cleaner the world would be if we did!

Link to AP article.

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What one young Texan thinks of landfills

Who cares about pollution, solid waste, and landfills?  One young man in Texas clearly does.  Josh Zoppoth is an 18-year-old college student at Collin County Community College, studying Fire Science/EMT. He cared enough to write a letter to the editor of his hometown newspaper opposing the creation of a new landfill, and he articulated several good reasons why it’s a really bad idea. Better still, he pointed out that there are alternatives such as plasma gasification that can do a better job of taking care of his county’s trash.

Link to Josh’s letter to the Editor, Jacksboro Gazette News/The Jack County Herald

Think this level of concern about landfills is an isolated phenomenon fueled by a few environmental whackos?

“It’s believed that more than 20 million litres of leachate, a potentially toxic mix of fluid that percolates through the trash, is leaking into the ground each year.”

Read about the landfill nightmare a Canadian province is facing,  and what public company is at the bottom of it all:

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A Radical Solution That’s Neither Left Nor Right


History shows we are on same path as Roman Empire

Are we ignoring the road signs?

We have all heard the expression that “history repeats itself.” It has been uttered for centuries, by intelligent and studious men in Greek, Roman and Chinese literature, and has been expressed so many times over the centuries that we just naturally assume that it is true. Well let’s look at some statements from the past and see if they relate to what is happening today. I believe that we will all agree that it is beneficial to study the past so as to see the mistakes, and the successes, of men and nations (empires) that preceded us. We are then able to replicate that which is useful for success and survival, and we can also avoid that which has proved to lead to failure. It is dangerous for us as individuals, and for we as a nation, to ignore the mistakes of the past.

Clark Fork Chronicle, October 1, 2009

Tomorrow’s history is being created today, as we go about our personal business and family lives amidst great financial and environmental turmoil in the world around us.  Will our history be marred by  negligence and default or will we become active creators of value and better managers of our future legacy? It’s our choice.

In Montana, life goes on more or less as it has since frontier days. The deer and the antelope still play. The buffalo still roam, at least in some areas of the state. The bear, the elk, and the reintroduced wolf, still thrive.

Of course, western Montanans stopped shooting up the saloons and at each other long ago, traded their horses for cars, and built the highway (Highway 93) that today serves as a key economic lifeline to dozens of far-flung communities from south of the Idaho border north to Missoula.

We’ve come a long way since horse and buggy days. But the real work is ahead. Our quality of life is second to none, but we still don’t know the first thing about digging ourselves out of the massive hole we’ve dug along the way with regard to energy, our economy and the environment.

We’ve only just begun to investigate clean coal technology which uses gasification to greatly reduce carbon emissions, letalone retrofit any power plants. But it’s coming, sure as the sun shines, because it’s important and needed.

It’s also time to focus on taking a truly radical action with gasification tech in our own backyard: cleaning up our municipal trash and excess biomass, profitably and sustainably, right here in the Bitterroot valley.  Gasification is a compelling solution for lots of reasons, both environmental and economic!

With America facing a steep uphill climb to economic stability, there’s never been a better time to develop locally owned gasification facilities to convert household waste and biomass to energy. Trash and sustainable biomass to make these projects profitable is almost everywhere!  What’s more, the revenue generated from energy created by these facilities can belong to the communities where they will be located.  Gasification is a compelling solution for lots of reasons, both environmental and economic!

The human race has never been good about cleaning up after itself. We’ve always had plenty of room to dump our trash and waste somewhere and cover it with dirt. Or pile and burn it or incinerate it.  Sure, some elements of trash get recycled (aluminum, steel, cardboard, etc.) but not very much in the big scheme of things.

Just another day in Montana.  And another 340 tons of solid waste on its way to the Missoula landfill.

You can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow and every day thereafter there will be another 340 tons of trash heading to the landfill. And hundreds of slash piles from thinning and logging projects going up in smoke too.

Nothing about how we manage trash has changed. And nothing will, unless we choose to actively support a venture to build a gasification facility right here in the Bitterroot.

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Our Irradiated World

The one major waste item that plasma gasification and all other forms of commercial waste remediation can’t do is convert radioactive materials to inert materials and synthetic gas.  It’s a shame, because it’s turning out that radioactivity is literally everywhere, and in much greater amounts than previously believed.

That’s right, America: We’re actively dumping low-level radioactive waste into landfills across the country, mainly because it’s not prohibited!

This is another blockbuster piece of news about why landfilling is such bad business.

Here’s another blockbuster piece of radioactive landfill news.

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