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'Synthetic fuels could replace crude oil in US'

SME Times News -- The US could eliminate the need for crude oil by using a combination of coal, natural gas and non-food crops to make synthetic fuel, suggest American researchers.

Besides economic and national security benefits, the plan has potential environmental advantages because plants absorb carbon dioxide to grow, according to researchers.

The US could cut vehicle greenhouse emissions by as much as 50 percent in the next several decades using non-food crops to create liquid fuels, the researchers said.

Synthetic fuels would be an easy fit for the transportation system because they could be used directly in automobile engines and are almost identical to fuels refined from crude oil. That sets them apart from currently available bio-fuels, such as ethanol, which have to be mixed with gas or


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Submitted Dec 07, 2012 By: aservant
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:57:11 PM

The US taxpayer would be wise to fund continued R&D into synthetic fuel possibilities. But only the private sector and not the US taxpayer should fund the transition from R&D to commercial scale production. The one positive way we will know that any R&D on synthetic fuels have been successful is when the private investment companies show up to utilize the results of the R&D.
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bston
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:41:22 PM

Another idea…
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sciotosix
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:00:15 AM

Looks like this is the future.
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skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:43:36 AM

what does a car need done to it to utilize this stuff?
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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:41:23 AM

If it sounds to good to be true. PT Barnum said there's one born every minute. Not a bad idea but don't throw money at it just because it sounds good. Make them demonstrate it first then fine tune it.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 8:18:00 AM

If you change the word REPLACE with the word SUPPLEMENT the article makes some sense.
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leeac
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 6:11:57 AM

This would be fantastic if true and affordable.
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dandvicb
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 5:15:45 AM

Jobs, jobs and then bankruptcy!!
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 4:44:57 AM

what is the prospect of sufficient supply? and at what cost to us?
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 3:09:06 AM

if it brings prices down at the pump also , do it
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:48:35 AM

Seems like a no-brainer.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:02:20 AM

Coulda shoulda woulda. So why not knuckle heads?
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:53:33 AM

this article seems to still be making the GB posting rounds, but whiel this "could" be good, as "djgunrunner" says, "could" might not happen...
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:21:03 AM

If without government subsidizes
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:16:56 AM

I notice the nasty old "COULD" word again. Could by definition means something that might happen but it might not happen. So why do we not can the "could" word along with "maybe, might, should, ect" and say that we did this and this is what happened.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:06:49 AM

Continue the research until it is cost effective.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:04:39 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:00:13 AM

Let shop they can do it in an economically feasible manner
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I hope you enjoy paying more for your food.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:56:28 PM

Nice, "Madison"... (Synthetic Money)... lol

This is crazy... you spend more time, money and energy than it is worth... When will people get the fact this "KOOL AID" is going to be a part of BANKRUPTING America!

If God didn't create it... we can't do better!
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:55:52 PM

But when?
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:55:36 PM

But at what real price?
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:53:13 PM

Please continue this research
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:51:57 PM

Keep working on the technology.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:51:19 PM

Synthetic fuels might become common in the future.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:49:24 PM

Dreaming.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:48:16 PM

this was just a dream 2 days ago and it still is on this repost today too
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:47:47 PM

Could we pay for it with synthetic money?
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:47:19 PM

The question is, how will it affect our engines long term
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:43:15 PM

Thus idea sounds interesting but not necessarily practical or easy to obtain.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:43:10 PM

Sounds like a good idea
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:42:02 PM

if it saves money
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:40:39 PM

I'd try it
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:39:27 PM

Not in lifetime.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:36:35 PM

'Synthetic fuels could replace crude oil in US'

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[Edited by: aservant at 12/7/2012 12:39:17 AM EST]
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