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Re: news of the day

> > O.K., so I'm down off my soapbox.  Sorry.
No need for apologies....not from you anyway.  That's politics.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2003 10:47 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] news of the day

> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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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