by Newt Gingrich
It’s true that research labs are experimenting with algae-based biofuels, and we wish them well. If someday in the future, we’re all driving cars based on inexpensive fuel from algae, it’s possible that would be a positive development. But there’s a big difference between that and offering algae today as an answer to high gas prices, or using taxpayer money to subsidize this particular technology — such as the $14 million grant the administration gave an algae experimenter, or the tens of millions of dollars in loan guarantees the Department of Agriculture[...]
There are oceans of room to grow kombu that can be turned into ethanol with help from genetically engineered bacteria
by Dennis Avery
Researchers may have broken the biofuel barrier. A new biotech discovery enables ethanol to be made from a common variety of brown seaweed. This would by-pass the biggest problem with corn ethanol and biodiesel—the world’s shortage of cropland.
The new ethanol process uses the familiar E. coli bacterium working on kombu, a variety of edible brown kelp, which is common in the world’s seas and oceans. It has been grown and harvested commercially by such countries[...]