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RE: news of the day


agreed my dear!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Fri, 7 Nov 2003 10:47:49 -0500

>May we someday wake up and go for more renewable, cleaner, energy sources!
>I'd thought that the oil embargo decades ago would have put our government
>in the mood to fund research and better fuels for our future.  It would also
>help us need non-friendly oil baring countries less and less, to the point
>where the US could sustain its own needs within the country.  It is why some
>of us use solar fuel/fuel cells, hybrid vehicles, geothermal heat, etc.
>
>O.K., so I'm down off my soapbox.  Sorry.
>Blessings,
>Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
>Of Donna 
>Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 7:06 AM
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Subject: [CHAT] news of the day
>
>This came thru my news today... thought you might want to read it. The
>again, you probably all know this already....
>
>Donna
>
>
>Good Mileage 98 Tons of Plants Per Gallon
>
>SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) -- A New University of Utah study shows 98 tons of
>prehistoric, buried plant material is needed to produce just one gallon
>of gasoline to power our vehicles. Researcher Jeff Dukes asked, "Can you
>imagine loading 40 acres worth of wheat -- stalks, roots and all -- into
>the tank of your car or SUV every 20 miles?" But he says that's how much
>ancient plant matter had to be buried millions of years ago and
>converted by pressure, heat and time into oil to produce one gallon of
>gasoline today.
>
>He also calculated the amount of fossil fuel burned during just 1997
>totaled 97 million billion pounds of carbon -- the equivalent of more
>than 400 times all the plant matter that grows in the world during just
>one year. Asked why he conducted the study, Dukes said "Fossil fuel
>consumption is widely recognized as unsustainable. However, there has
>been no attempt to calculate the amount of energy that was required to
>generate fossil fuels." The study is to be published in the November
>issue of the journal Climatic Change.
>
>Copyright 2003 by United Press International. All rights reserved
>
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A



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