Will Pond Scum Save You From Ever-Rising Gas Prices?

By Climate Desk

We may soon be powering our vehicles with fuel produced from algae.

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In the spectrum of alternative fuel sources, biofuel made from algae is perhaps the most easily mocked. How could the slimy green muck that grows in your aquarium and washes up on the beach be a future cornerstone of American energy independence? So when President Obama stood before the University of Miami recently and said algae could provide up to 17 percent of our transportation fuel, we wanted to know: is he right? Here's what we found out:

In February, President Obama announced the Department of Energy would allocate $14 million in new funding to develop transportation fuels from algae. DOE is already supporting over 30 such projects, together worth $94 million. Click through the map below to learn more about these projects.



This piece was produced by James West with assistance from Tim McDonnell, both of The Climate Desk.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/will-pond-scum-save-you-from-ever-rising-gas-prices/254883/