I saw this on Abraham Lincoln's Blog. It's about a man in Japan who has discovered a way to convert plastic to oil.
I'm as perplexed as Abe as to why this isn't in the news and why we're not buying it up right away. We could really use this in Hawaii if it is a viable option.
I just showed this to Art who worked for the U.S. EPA and is an environmental engineer. He had quite a few questions:
* "How much energy would it take to convert the plastic to oil or whatever since it looks like he does have to plug his machine into something?
* What kind of waste product is left after this process?
* What is the chemical composition of the liquid once gas has been pumped into it?
* Because there are different kinds of plastics being put into this process, would there be inconsistencies in the final product?
* How much more processing or refining would it take to make the liquid into a standard fuel such as auto gasoline, kerosene, etc.?
* What would that cost be in energy, material and money? Would that create even more waste?
* Is there any sort of toxic gas that is released from this process?
* Has this scientist submitted his invention to a peer review? Hopefully he has patented it.
If this is an economical and safe alternative, go for it!"