In Barack Obama’s energy speech this week, he promoted the idea of new biofuels: “We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance known as algae. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17% of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America.”
Newt Gingrich thinks this is hilarious, saying that it is funny enough to be on Saturday Night Live (SNL).
What makes this ironic is that Gingrich’s idea for a permanent space colony on the moon, which he detailed in a speech in January, actually was parodied on SNL in February.
I guess he is just jealous.
Personally, I’m all for biofuels (as long as they use the right kind of bio). After all, oil, coal, and natural gas are all biofuels — they just take millions of years to convert the “bio” into the “fuel”. Speeding this process up makes them non-fossil fuels, so they are sustainable. Plus, since the “bio” in biofuels takes carbon out of the atmosphere, they can be carbon neutral. If you twist your mind a bit, because plants use the energy of the sun, biofuels are almost a form of solar energy.
UPDATE 2: Biofuels like this one, which takes grass and turns it into gasoline (not ethanol), and is carbon negative (better than carbon neutral).