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GM Algae Biofuel Hope

GM microbe breakthrough paves way for large-scale seaweed farming for biofuels | Environment | guardian.co.uk

the UK government envisages 400 km sq of offshore seaweed farms in its long-term energy planning.

The new microbe research, published today in the leading journal Science, represents a "critical" technological breakthrough, but the challenge of making the approach commercially viable remains.

"Natural seaweed species grow very fast - 10 times faster than normal plants - and are full of sugars, but it has been very difficult to make ethanol by conventional fermentation," said Yannick Lerat, scientific director at Centre d'Etude et de Valorisation des Algues, the algae study centre in France. "So the new work is a really critical step. But scaling up processes using engineered microbes is not always easy. They also need to prove the economics work."

That popping sound you hear is the heads of some of leading Green commentators exploding as they try to work out if this is a good thing or not.

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No need to explode. It's bad, this stuff could escape and take over the oceans, crawl up unto the continents and generally might make trouble. Bad Bad Bad.
Bad.

Also it might benefits humans. Bad.

Change ecosystems. Bad.

Create Fuel. Bad.

Experience tells us this will indeed work as the people pushing for this envision. But what you don't understand is their vision is to fraudulently extract huge amounts of money from the public coffers. They will succeed beyond their wildest dreams. Oh yeah! will they create a new energy source? Your kidding, right? You could not be that stupid.

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