Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dropping in to bash Big Oil

Did you hear the big news about how Charlie Bolden, NASA's chief administrator, tried to eliminate a program that would create cheap, clean energy?

What happened is NASA is working on a program to dump enormous bags of trash into the ocean, with trash eating algae which would create two byproducts: fresh water ... and lipids that when harvested would create a high energy biofuel.

The plan is to harvest the lipids which would enable them to create airplane fuel.

Enough to serve the entire planet's fleet of airplanes!

So why would Charlie Bolden want to trash the program?

Good question.

But here are a few clues:

1) He is a former board member of Marathon Oil
2) He has a million bucks of Marathon stock
3) Marathon asked him to kill the project.

If you've read any of my books, you know that my characters take on Big Oil and they have theorized that Big Oil quashes any new innovations that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

This is the tip of the iceberg. Proof that Big Oil will do whatever they can to keep the reins of our national economy.

How about more proof? What construction projects are predominantly 'growing' our economy?

Road work, right?

How well do new roads grow our economy? Who benefits?

How about Big Oil?

Huh, you ask.

Yep, Big Oil. One of the primary ingredients of asphalt is oil.

Big Oil ... scourge of Earth.

You can read one of my short stories where the bad guy is Big Oil on my website. The story, which appeared in the anthology Missing, is available for free! Just go to www.normcowie.com and scroll to the bottom of the first page.



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