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It’s Not Like Gasoline Grows On Trees. Oh Wait…

Posted by Matt Cipriano | 3 Comments

If it hadn’t been published 6 days prior to the 1st I would assume this wasn’t for real, in fact it is so unbelievable I am just going to start off by quoting the first line: “Farmers in North Queensland are doing their bit to be environmentally friendly by investing in a tree that produces diesel.”

The U.S. is currently struggling with oil prices topping $110 a barrel (in no small part thanks to our involvement over seas, can we get a “Go Team!”?). We are fighting to convince car companies and industries that use vast amounts of oil to figure ways to cut back, like producing cars that are more fuel efficient or don’t need it at all. Australians, on the other hand, are taking a tip from Brazil and have purchased over 20,000 trees that produce “oil that can be extracted, filtered and used to power vehicles” that run on diesel.

Although it is apparently a long term investment (it takes between 15 and 20 years for the trees to mature enough and become ready to harvest for oil), though once they have matured, a hectare (100 meters square) can produce 12,000 litres of fuel a year (a bit over 3,000 gallons… or a little more then 75 barrels).

Oh and because it is a tree it is also a renewable source of energy. You can read more about the trees here. Maybe some one might want to mention this to our government.

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3 Responses to “It’s Not Like Gasoline Grows On Trees. Oh Wait…”

  1. Joel L. Friedlander
    April 4th, 2008 @

    The article says that these trees grow in the tropics. Exactly which part of our country would they grow in? Parts of Florida may be tropical, but Florida is hardly the tropics. Where else could they grow in the United States?

  2. Matt Cipriano
    April 4th, 2008 @

    Hawaii? American Samoa? Puerto Rico? Guam?

    Also, since the trees in Australia are being grown in Queensland where average temps tend to fall between about 55 and 90 Southern California (with proper irrigation) might even be a viable location. Consider that 1 square mile of land could produce over 750,000 gallons or close to 20,000 barrels… Though that is also diesel, not crude.

  3. Joel L. Friedlander
    April 4th, 2008 @

    I’m all for the planting of trees, and all the better if they can provide diesel fuel, but what do they look like. Also, they take an awful long time to grow; they will hardly solve the problem of foreign oil dependence overnight.

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