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The ultimate energy resource solution?

Oil. It’s what runs the modern world. Everything from gasoline to kerosene to plastics to synthetic rubber. We’d still be living in the early 19th century if not for good ole crude oil. But it seems to be in short supply. So we look for it, drill for it, and wind up paying for it, big time. But where does it come from? Oh you’ve heard the theories ... leftover dinosaurs and bits of primordial ooze building up over millions of years, getting squished and heated underground, blah blah blah. But somehow that doesn’t seem like the whole story. After all, we have the ability to apply heat and pressure to things in unbelievable amounts. Today we can make diamonds of better quality than the ones in the ground, and do it in just a couple days. But no oil. Well, it may turn out that the missing piece of this natural puzzle is nature herself. We’ve known for a very long time that oil is the end result of some kind of natural process, but we’ve assumed it was one that took millions of year to enact. Now it turns out that might have been a bad assumption, and that oil is the end product - the “poop” if you will - of a simple, fast acting bacterial agent. And a guy from Georgia may have found that agent.



Discovery could end energy crisis


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A Tifton agricultural researcher says he has found the solution to the world’s energy crisis through genetic modification and cloning of bacterial organisms that can convert bio-mass into hydrocarbons on a grand scale. The local researcher believes his groundbreaking discovery could result in the production of 500 to 1,000 barrels of hydrocarbon fuel per day from the initial production facility. The hydrocarbon fuel — commonly known as oil or fossil fuel when drilled — will require no modification to automobiles, oil pipelines or refineries as they exist today and could forever end the United States’ dependence on foreign oil, he said.

J.C. Bell, who brought the world powdered peanut butter, has spent the last four years, identifying the bacteria that produces hydrocarbon and then finding a way to genetically alter it so that it could produce hydrocarbon in greater volume.

Bell cited a USDA study that projected it was possible to produce two billion tons of bio-mass that could be converted to hydrocarbon with some modification to agriculture and forestry practices.

Now that his discoveries have been patented, his corporation formed — Bell Bio-Energy, Inc. — and his government communications established, Bell announced his discoveries to the local press on Friday morning.

“I have received a tremendous amount of support from the state and federal government,” Bell said. “I could not have gotten this far without the help of (U.S. Sen.) Saxby Chambliss, (U.S. Sen.) Johnny Isakson, (Rep.) Jim Marshall, (Rep.) Jack Kingston and Floyd Gabler, the deputy undersecretary of the USDA.” He said, “They have opened doors for me at the Department of Defense and the EPA and EPD.”

Sources for bio-mass to be converted to hydrocarbon fuel are the forestry industry, pulp plants, agriculture and waste derived from the construction and demolition industry.

“This is the ultimate recycling,” Bell said. “Environmentalists should rejoice. We are only using waste products.” Bell said his company would take all of the waste of the plants: The tree limbs and tree tops, husks and cob of the corn, wheat stubble and corn stover.

Bell said that with ethanol, “The United Stated would have to totally rebuild our infrastructure.” He said, “We wanted to make hydrocarbon that could immediately be pumped.”

Bell said the original idea came from observing cows expel gas. “That is natural gas,” Bell said. “Cows release methane gas.” He said the gas is created by bacteria in the cow’s rumen or stomach. “These bacterial organisms are responsible for biological conversion of bio-mass into hydrocarbons,” he said.

With his research complete, Bell is in the process of building his pilot plants and production facilities. At the pilot plants, the bio-mass will be tested to select bacterial strains, bacterial genetic modification will be tested, revision of production protocols will be established, and a determination will be made of the best method of bio-mass conversion.

“We are exploring several locations for our pilot plants and production facilities,” Bell said. “We have the opportunity to put our plants in several locations.”

He estimated the budget for the research facility to be at $60 million annually and the production facilities at $250 to $300 million a year. He anticipates being in full scale production by October 1, 2009.

“What we’re doing is taking the trash like corn stalks, corn husks, corn cobs – even grass from the yard that goes to the dump – that’s what we can turn into oil,” Bell told WND. “I’m not going to make asphalt, we’re only going to make the things we need. We’re going to make gasoline for driving, diesel for our big trucks.”

Sources for bio-mass are the forestry industry, pulp plants, agriculture and waste derived from the construction and demolition industry. “We are only using waste products.” In fact, a USDA study projected it was possible to produce two billions tons of bio-mass that could be converted to hydrocarbon. How much oil does that mean? “…you’re looking at 5 billion barrels of oil per year. That would be about two-thirds of what we use now.”

Bell says his groundbreaking discovery will require no modification to automobiles, oil pipelines or refineries as they exist today and could forever end the United States’ dependence on foreign oil.

When asked why he thought no one else has patented this process, Bell answered, “It literally is because it’s too simple. Everyone was looking for a real complicated mechanism. We looked at how it occurs naturally. But it’s now going to develop in a hurry.”

AWESOME !!! And if this turns out to be the real thing, and not one of the bigger cons ever pulled, I fully expect Bell and his patent to be immediately infringed. Give him and his company a flat $25 billion and release the bacteria to the world. Every town would collect wood chips, leftover food, sawdust, grass clippings and farm waste. Anything organic will do. Including poo and roadkill? That would be very nice indeed, but I gather plantlife is the preferred source.

Can you imagine it ..."Honey, the gas tank is almost empty. Go mow the lawn.”

And all because a good ol’ boy was watching cows fart.




I ran the numbers. 2 billion tons in, 5 billion barrels out. An oil barrel holds 42 gallons, and a gallon of oil weighs 7 pounds. So what we have here is a natural process that outputs with 38.5% efficiency. That’s pretty decent. Of course, there will be lots of waste heat too, guaranteed. And I don’t know what to do with the leftover bio-slop. Maybe we can make building blocks out of the stuff. Or pump it into empty oil wells.

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