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Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 05 8:11 am    Post subject: Cow guts power trains  Reply with quote    

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4373440.stm

Inside the abattoir at Swedish Meats in Linkoping, the cows stood patiently, occasionally nuzzling the lens of our camera. From there, it was a short walk past the white-walled butchery, down the steps to the basement where the raw material for biogas, slid greasily down a chute. Still bubbling and burping, and carpeting you with an acrid stench, came the organs and the fat and the guts. Enough, from one cow, to get you about 4km (2.5 miles) on the train.

ele



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 814
Location: Derby
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 05 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I guess it's good to use something that's (probably) otherwise a waste product so long as none of the methane escapes into the atmosphere. I'm not so sure about the biofuel from Brazilian sugar beet for use in Sweden, that doesn't seem a very good sustainable alternative to petrol does it?

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 05 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I misunderstood the title: I was wondering how a cow could gut a train?

Trev



Joined: 09 Sep 2005
Posts: 69
Location: Wokingham DC, Berkshire
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 05 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was most annoyed at the reporter's attitude to the CEO of Svensk Biogas: "You don't have to look far beneath the number-crunching CEO to find the muesli-crunching environment-lover."

It's the continued media attitude that to be selfish in striving to preserve the environment for our health, future wealth & enjoyment (my preferred description for environmental awareness). One is immediately a comic stereotype hippy or suburbanite caricature thereof; to be gently tolerated with patronising mild amusement and not seen as an ordinary, normal person making small efforts in an attempt to conserve our eco-system.

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