Turning Garbage into Gas

June 3, 2011

Popular Science has  a story up on Enerkem, a Canadian company that is working on a process that can turn old utility poles and household trash into ethanol.  Their work is significant enough that it is drawing serious investors, including oil companies.  EnerGeoPolitics is a big supporter of garbage as a renewable energy source.  However, it faces two big hurdles in the US:  First, landfill space is relatively cheap here, but, more importantly, the environmental lobby is committed to a 1970s vision of overall trash reduction and tend to be rejectionists of trash cogeneration.

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