Remember the old nursery rhyme about the girl who was forced to spin straw into gold? It was called Rumpelstiltskin.
Well, the same sort of thing may soon happen in the real world. Scientists are getting closer to making biofuels from carbon dioxide gas. When you think about it, this would be a fantastic scientific breakthrough, turning the very thing that threatens the air we breathe into something that helps us breathe better.
According to one of the scientists, “What this discovery means is that we can remove plants as the middleman. We can take carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into useful products like fuels and chemicals.”
Not to sound cynical, but one has to wonder whether this new discovery will be commercially applied anytime soon. A lot of energy companies have a lot of money tied up in finding oil and refining it into gasoline. They could see this new discovery as a threat to their businesses.
What do you think?