I know, poor attempt at jest.
You do have to be a little amazed at what bugs can do. Some bugs can live through planet killing radiation, some just sit there and look dumb, and others, microscopic ones can produce diesel!
That is so effing cool, man! I mean – a bug-microbe that can, literally crap fuel – as a by-product! Whoa.
Today, scientists all over the globe are working to create fuels with the same properties but without that pesky 100 million-year wait. And “renewable petroleum” is now a reality, on a small scale, in some laboratories.
The biotech company LS9 Inc. is using single-celled bacteria to create an oil equivalent. These petroleum “production facilities” are so small, you can see them only under a microscope.
“We started in my garage two years ago, and we’re producing barrels today, so things are moving pretty quickly,” said biochemist Stephen del Cardayre, LS9 vice president of research and development.
You have to ask how, yeah?
Well – you feed the things sugar – they have to do a number two and hey-presto, diesel. Of course they are engineered to do such things – but you have to take your hat off to the guy who thought of it.