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Does this Fat Make Me Look Green?

By on 9.6.11 | 9:53AM

The Department of Energy's daily compilation of stories they believe will make their black hole for hard-earned taxpayer money look edgy and swell includes a fashionable note today:

LATER ALLIGATOR: Per The New York Times, researchers at the University of Louisiana think they have identified a potential source for biodiesel that currently goes straight to landfills: alligator fat, about 15 million pounds of it every year: http://goo.gl/jtEsn

So. This is what an agency designed to reduce our dependence on foreign oil (squirrel!) is on to now. Who would have thought the handbag industry would get America moving again? Yes, yes, I know. It beats using the stuff that works and of which we have more than anyone else

UPDATE: An IER expert writes in to temper my enthusiasm. "Hey...1.25 million gallons is 1/36000th of our diesel consumption, so if we just find 35,999 other species to grind up into our tanks, we're home free."

UPDATE II: Energy Independence! "Think about what's happening in countries like Spai...er, wait...Phillipines!"

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