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    New Technology Turns Garbage Into Gold

    IMAGINE... Imagine a machine that can turn almost anything into oil. Imagine that it uses natural processes like heat and pressure, and produces no pollution. Imagine that waste from landfills, refuse from poultry factories, sludge from city sewage, or even infectious medical waste, are used to make the oil. Everybody says it sounds too good to be true. But now we have the science -- and two factories -- to prove it.

    "This is a solution to three of the biggest problems facing mankind," Brian Appel, CEO of Changing World Technologies, Inc., told Discover magazine in a May 2003 feature article. "This process can deal with the world's waste. It can supplement our dwindling supplies of oil. And it can slow down global warming."

    The process is called thermal depolymerization. Waste goes in one end and comes out the other as three products, all valuable and environmentally benign: High-quality oil, clean-burning gas, and purified minerals that can be used as fuels, fertilizers, or specialty chemicals for manufacturing. CWT established a Research & Development plant in Philadelphia in 1999 to test and refine the technology. It successfully processed about seven tons per day of different types of waste, like animal waste, tires, plastics and paper.

    ConAgra Foods proposed a joint venture for the first commercial application of the technology. As a result, a $20 million plant is poised to begin operating in September on the grounds of a massive Butterball Turkey plant in Carthage, Missouri. Funded in part by a $5 million grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the plant will process 200 tons per day of fats, bones, feathers, and grease, turning it into oil, with the only by-product being water.

    "This is tremendous!" said Paul Baskis, the inventor of the process, to the Kansas City Star. "From the tests we've run in our pilot, we know that if we took all the agricultural wastes (in America) and converted them into oil we could make billions of barrels per year." (One billion barrels could effectively eliminate the need for Persian Gulf imports.)

    The conversion process emulates the earth's natural geothermal activity, whereby organic material is converted into fossil fuel under conditions of extreme heat and pressure over millions of years. By using pipes, pressure vessels, valves, and heat exchange storage tanks to control temperature and pressure, thermal depolymerization shortens the process from millions of years to mere hours. And, the process is simple enough to be completed "on the back of a flatbed truck," says Appel.

    The technology is 85% energy efficient because it has very low Btu requirements. It generates its own energy, utilizes recycled water throughout, produces no uncontrollable emissions and no secondary hazardous waste streams. In addition, the process can make both the coal and petroleum industries themselves more clean and profitable by turning their waste and chemical by-products into salable resources.

    Imagine that.

    http://www.changingworldtech.com/

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    That's pretty interesting...
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    I'll bite since its not April 1st...
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    If that is true, that is pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen
    If that is true, that is pretty cool.
    What he said.
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    Wouldn't that have a huge effect on so many issues we deal with everyday? Wow, you can only hope that it's the real deal.

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    Hmmmm.... I did a search on The Kansas City Star's website since it said the quote came from them and didn't find anything. I searched for the company name and the guys name.

    This would be very cool, but I find it hard to believe.
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    source:

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    Pretty interesting stuff.

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    Cash in the Exxon Stock, these guys don't even know it, but they're goin DOWN! Go to Hell OPEC!

    Opec nations ‘set for record oil revenues’
    By Carola Hoyos
    Published: January 11 2006 19:13 | Last updated: January 11 2006 19:13

    The oil revenues of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the cartel that controls 40 per cent of the world’s oil supplies, will increase by 10 per cent to a record $522bn this year, the US Department of Energy forecasts.

    Opec’s increased wealth, driven by continuing high oil prices and an increase this year in the group’s production, should help keep interest rates low if members of the group continue to spend their increasing wealth in the US bond market, economists said. The yield of the 10-year bond has remained nearly flat since mid-2004 in spite of the Federal Reserve increasing official interest rates by 3.25 percentage points during that period.

    Everything from mergers and acquisitions to the energy sector and art market are expected to benefit.

    Opec’s 2006 revenue would be the largest in real terms in 25 years. The group’s wealth, when adjusted for inflation, peaked at $572bn in 1980 when oil prices spiked after the Iranian revolution.

    But the recent growth in Opec’s wealth, which began in 2000, will reverse course next year, with the group’s wealth falling back to $495bn as the oil price eases, the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the US Department of Energy’s statistical arm, forecasts.

    As the oil price boom continues into 2006 Opec countries are becoming less and less cautious about their spending. “This is reflected in the fact that some Opec countries are undertaking ambitious projects, like weapons purchases by Saudi Arabia,” said Manouchehr Takin, senior analyst at the Centre for Global Energy Studies. “These kinds of projects would be impossible with lower revenues.” Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, is expected to earn $162bn in 2006.

    “It’s just been a phenomenal transfer of wealth from consuming to producing nations,” said Francisco Blanch, analyst at Merrill Lynch.

    Forecasts for the average price of New York benchmark crude oil futures in 2006 range between $45 and $75 a barrel, a similar level to that the EIA used to calculate total revenue Opec may expect in 2006. Although prices are notoriously difficult to estimate, the range is given credence by Opec’s hints that it will aim to defend prices of at least $50-$55 a barrel.

    The central bankers of the world’s largest developed and emerging nations on Monday lent further support to the strong oil price thesis when they forecast global growth would continue at a “dynamic” pace in 2006. The optimistic prognosis has prompted analysts to expect demand for oil to increase at least 1.7m barrels a day to more than 85m b/d in 2006.

    The factor that keeps many of those who forecast high oil prices for 2006 up at night, however, is that oil demand data may prove less robust than assumed.

    The wildcards are factors such as hurricanes and political unrest.


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    Damn! Where's my VHIII cd?!?!
    Someone is going to sue you $5150 or $1984 dude....watch it.
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