By that same Wikipedia link, mountaintop removal accounts for less
that 5% of coal produced in the US.
Listen, the algae don't care where the carbon dioxide comes from.
The ethanol pilot plant is set to use carbon dioxide from a Dow
chemical plant. If the technology takes off, it could use more
carbon neutral sources of CO2 like conventional ethanol
fermentation, or biogas.
University of Florida
On Tue Jun 30 12:54:48 EDT 2009, Peter Hoy <[log in to unmask]>
> This is also a step backwards because it encourages the continued
> use of
> coal-fired power and presents yet another opportunity for
> greening an
> industry that cannot be greened. For those that don't yet know,
> there is no
> such thing as 'clean coal', even if the carbon dioxide is used to
> grow algae
> as a biofuel feedstock.
> Mountain top removal
> continue to be a part of the picture no matter what improvements
> make to the point source of air emissions. It's interesting that
> Chemical is growing algae as a feedstock. Still, I don't think
> the coal
> industry deserves any kind of green compliments.
> Peter Hoy
> Loyola University Chicago
> On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:19 AM, Scott Edmundson
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> Algal energy goes beyond biodiesel...but is ethanol a step
>> 'metabolically enhanced' blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) for
>> the company website: