Today’s fantasies: ‘Bio-oil’, CIA to fix all that ails the rabble in Libya

Posted in Bombing Moe, Phlogiston at 7:31 am by George Smith

From Yahoo, where the on-line news staff collects a daily pile for your pleasure — stories about the richest places to live in the US, stories about which careers in the US make the most money (financialization, fossil fuel), stories on which cities to flee because of raging unemployment, stories about the most opulent mansions, pieces on which made-in-China gadgets to buy right now and fantasies like the next one — on ‘bio-oil’, the algae cure all, ready to replace the Middle East.

Excerpt of press release journalism:

At a time when companies are redoubling their efforts to find alternative energy sources, the idea is to reproduce and speed up a process which has taken millions of years and which has led to the production of fossil fuels.

“We are trying to simulate the conditions which existed millions of years ago, when the phytoplankton was transformed into oil,” said engineer Eloy Chapuli. “In this way, we obtain oil that is the same as oil today.”

The microalgae reproduces at high speed in the tubes by photosynthesis and from the CO2 released from the cement factory.

Every day some of this highly concentrated liquid is extracted and filtered to produce a biomass that is turned into bio-oil.

The other great advantage of the system is that it is a depollutant — it absorbs the C02 which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

“It’s ecological oil,” said the founder and chairman of BFS, French engineer Bernard Stroiazzo-Mougin, who worked in oil fields in the Middle East before coming to Spain.

Ecological oil, as if the new ‘oil’, when burned doesn’t release all the alleged CO2 used making it. All the laws of chemistry, mass action and combustion rewritten.

Five to ten years and we’ll replace Iraq, says the man.

“US oil giant ExxonMobil plans to invest up to $600 million in research on oil produced from algae,” it is said.

About the same amount of money for the first two weeks of the war on Libya. That’s pretty niggardly, considering they’re going to rewrite history and physics.

“Companies, in particular those in the aeronautic sector, have shown keen interest in this research, hoping to find a replacement for classic oil,” it concludes.

And finally, the dilemma of training and weaponizing the Libyan rebel rabble. Can the CIA do it? Or special ops? And what heavy weapons can we ship them, cadged up from eastern bloc and Chinese surplus on the arms trader market?

Which leads to bringing in the ‘coalition’s’ best fence, Qatar.

On the nature of armed rabble:

They would have more ammunition if they did not keep firing into the air … Decisions are often made after heated arguments or by following whoever shouts loudest and despite the courage of some, the tendency is to flee in disarray …

Don’t forget the talent for V-signs.

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