Monday, June 15, 2009

Capture the belches, bag the cowpies



The federal government is at it at both ends. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been spent researching how to feed cows less methane. Now a sequel. One million tax dollars have now gone into studies at the University of Saskatchewan to INCREASE methane in cows. Western Economic Diversification Canada, Saskatchewan Agriculture and Natural Resources Canada have all chipped in.

Researchers are bagging the poo and then adding a biological fermenter to increase the methane. That way they can burn it off and produce more power and heat in the production of ethanol. Never mind the fact that ethanol itself takes six times the energy and resources to produce than it saves when used. Oh the efforts to save the polar ice caps...which are actually growing...Groan.

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