This is SO cool to see this in a major newspaper!
Hemp is busting out all over. Yeeha!
In case you’re wondering, I’ve been a hemp activist for over 20 years. Somewhere on Youtube, in a compilation video there’s a clip of me standing up at a press conference for Jerry Brown when he was running for president in 1992, asking him about hemp. I met Hemperor Jack Herer on several occasions and passed out many a hemp flier back in the day.
It is beyond satisfying to see this finally happening in my lifetime!
Fueling up your car may one day be as easy as cleaning out the refrigerator or taking out the trash, according to Edmunds.com.
Here’s a list of some of the innovations in alternative fuels being researched:
• Garbage: Waste Management Inc. is liquefying and purifying landfill gas to fuel trucks, so the method is already in use. Producing liquid gas reduces emissions — and the stink.
• Soybeans and animal fats: Soybeans, vegetable oil and animal fats can be used to make clean, nontoxic diesel fuel. Diesel engines need few or no modifications to accommodate this biodiesel fuel.
• Sawdust: The lumber industry generates thousands of tons of sawdust each year. An add-on wood “gasifier” allows the dust to fuel the automobile.
• Corn: E85 flex-fuel engine vehicles run on E85 ethanol, most, if not all, of which is derived from corn. Right now, E85 is slightly less potent and more expensive, but it has potential. Many consider corn ethanol to be environmentally harmful, however, which is an obvious obstacle in the way of becoming more mainstream.
• Hemp: Fermented oils of hemp seeds or stalks can be used to create a biodiesel fuel that is both cheap and efficient. The plant can also be fermented to make ethanol.
• Air: Currently, high-pressure compressed air storage tanks exist to fill tires, but on a larger scale it could run cars. With the right tanks, this could be the most widely available and cleanest fuel yet.
• Sun: An annual solar-powered car race in Australia proves that this type of automobile can be functional. The spatula-shaped cars aren’t what we currently consider aesthetically pleasing, but fashion is known to change.
• Algae: Algal fuels can take the forms of biodiesel and bioethanol. Farmers require less land space than crop-based sources and only ocean or wastewater to grow and cultivate algae.
• Bacteria: Scientists can genetically engineer microbes to make the “output” chemically identical to crude oil, which can be sent to refineries to produce gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and tar. The process is complicated but entirely possible.