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thermal depolymerization

(perhaps this is what Chevon's "Human Energy" slogan really refers to?)

courtesy of the YesMen

"We've got to get ready. After all, fossil fuel development like that of my company is increasing the chances of catastrophic climate change, which could lead to massive calamities, causing migration and conflicts that would likely disable the pipelines and oil wells. Without oil we could no longer produce or transport food, and most of humanity would starve. That would be a tragedy, but at least all those bodies could be turned into fuel for the rest of us."


Thermal Depolymerization: You Better Be Sitting Down for This One :.

Make sure to read this incredible article all the way through to the bottom of the page! Read it carefully. Note the recurring themes: petroleum paradigm firmly in force, no shift to clean fuels, elites control all means of production, technology allows oil companies to generate new revenue streams from their toxic waste, etc. etc. And the same types of benevolent folks who brought the world to the brink of oblivion---commodity traders, former CIA directors, venture capitalists, etc.---will now be saving us with this great new technology.
What exactly is the technology? Well, they parked that first large scale plant right next to a slaughterhouse. Somehow, I knew it was coming down to this. I just knew it. Somewhere, deep down, unconsciously, in my cells, I knew this was where it was all headed:

"If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water."

Just so we're clear: Guys like Dick Cheney are now in control of a technology that is capable of rendering human beings into petroleum products. * PAUSE *
Let that sink in.
You may think I'm kidding. You may think I've gone totally off my rocker and that this is all a joke. Let's try it again:
Guys like Bush, who's grandfather was involved with the financing of Adolf Hitler, are now in control of a technology that is capable of rendering human beings into petroleum products.
"Oh, but that would never happen," you say to yourself. Oh no. These guys care so much about all of us. The same guys that just liberated untold numbers of people in Iraq and who lock up over 2 million Americans? The same people funding research into autonomous, self aware terminator robots, nanotechnology and freakish genetics experiments? Would those guys ever consider rendering humans for fuel?
Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein Fuhrer. Ein Gas.

in response to a keynote speech by former CIA director James Woolsey at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon:
How Dumb Can the Left Get?
Michael C. Ruppert

... excerpt ...

James Woolsey is also a big fan of a process called thermal depolymerization. We have written about thermal depolymerization in FTW and in Crossing the Rubicon. In that process, anything from scrap plastic to human beings (alive or dead) can be thrown into one end of a machine (using an unspecified amount of electrical and chemical inputs) and out the other end comes high-grade oil.

Great… Soylent Oil. Here’s a quote from a 2003 Discover Magazine article on thermal depolymerization:

“Unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch into ethanol, this one will accept almost any carbon-based feedstock. If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water.”[iii]

Thermal depolymerization just scares the bejeesus out of me. I am not the first and I won't be the last to think of the dying-off of human population that is coming with Peak Oil and wonder how well the elites have planned to make money on the way up and the way down. I can hear someone thinking now: "Let’s see. If we can average 30 pounds of oil out of each person, and suppose we kill two billion due to starvation, disease, etc., and let’s say we have a major epidemic of Bird Flu and declare an emergency where all the bodies require special treatment, we could get the bodies, make the oil, and tell the world that this new oil came from new discoveries or our great technological advances. We’d have it made!"

It may sound far-fetched to you but in 1941 and 1942 the Third Reich was debating on the best ways to kill off every Jew in Europe (as well as every other enemy of the Reich). Their biggest logistical challenges were transportation, means of death, and disposal of the bodies. Do you realize that in the above scenario, if victims of a pandemic (possibly bioengineered) voluntarily came to FEMA hospitals using their own energy, all three problems would be solved.

I am not saying that this is what I believe is happening now, but I believe that it is possible. The probability of this dark scenario being correct is actually greater than the probability that the above solutions Woolsey pushes will actually help. Only one thing will help now, and that is a drastic reduction in human consumption and the cessation of growth, and that is not what Jim Woolsey’s selling.

Over my three decades of activism and writing I have been utterly amazed at how dumb the Left can be sometimes. (I’ve always expected the Right to be dumb, except at the top). Yet I must understand that at core levels (many of them in the subconscious), people all over the world are starting to get frightened by Peak Oil. I am.

September 26, 2008, 2:58 pm
Tax Credits for Animal-Fat Diesel in Jeopardy

By Clifford Krauss

ConocoPhilllips and Tyson Foods cooked up a new recipe for your pick-up truck last year — one greased with tax credits. The two companies made an alliance to produce and market diesel fuel made from beef, pork and poultry fat, and a key ingredient to the mix was a $1-a-gallon federal tax credit. But that credit is now very much in doubt, and so too is the recipe.

The House and Senate are now working on separate tax packages that highlight support for renewable energy and while they are divergent on many things, they agree on cutting the tax credit for producing diesel from leftover animal fat to 50 cents a gallon.

Spokesmen for both companies say that that 50 percent cut might doom the project, which has so far produced 4 million gallons of diesel.

According to The Houston Chronicle this morning, Gary Mickelson, a Tyson spokesman, said that under the reduced credit, it was "unlikely this venture will remain economically viable." A ConocoPhillips representative said passage of the bill would render the venture only "marginally economic."

Production was supposed to reach 175 million gallons a year by 2009, or about 3 percent of the diesel produced by ConocoPhillips in the United States.