I just love to learn about how people are using their brains and turning important problems inside out to slam-dunk in some novel way.
Try this on for size: they have produced genetically-modified organisms that “feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw [...and] excrete crude oil.” Isn’t that outrageously cool? So much for the “finite supply of fossil fuels.”
Oh, and the guys pulling this off have a nice angle aimed at those who are out to destroy industrial civilization:
What is most remarkable about what they are doing is that instead of trying to reengineer the global economy — as is required, for example, for the use of hydrogen fuel – they are trying to make a product that is interchangeable with oil. The company claims that this “Oil 2.0″ will not only be renewable but also carbon negative — meaning that the carbon it emits will be less than that sucked from the atmosphere by the raw materials from which it is made.
So if they go big with this, we get to enjoy the resulting cognitive dissonance in the guys who consider the invention of the internal combustion engine the low point of human history. Sweet.