Mister Pterodactyl
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Got an article mailed to me. Can't link to it, but here are the main points:

A University of Illinois research team is working on turning pig manure into a form of crude oil that could be refined to heat homes or generate electricity.
The thermochemical conversion process uses intense heat and pressure to break down the molecular structure of manure into oil. It's much like the natural process that turns organic matter into oil over centuries, but in the laboratory the process can take as little as a half-hour.
Zhang predicted that one day a reactor the size of a home furnace could process the manure generated by 2,000 hogs at a cost of about $10 per barrel.

So, if pig manure can be converted into oil, what about cow manure? Doggy doo-doo? Those chunks in the litterbox?

I look forward to the day when I get a paycheck from Exxon every time I flush the toilet.
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