If algae were the answer, turtles would rule the road.
The Washington Times editorializes:
President Obama says there are no “silver bullets” that can shoot down gasoline prices that have skyrocketed from $4 a gallon to $5. Nevertheless, he’s seized upon algae – his fuel of the future – as a solution. It may be inventive to turn turtle food into gas, but until turtle shells sport racing stripes, America’s drivers are likely to prefer petroleum products to power their rides.
“We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance, algae – you’ve got a bunch of algae out here,” Mr. Obama told an audience at the University of Miami on Thursday. “If we could figure out how to make fuel out of that, we’ll be doing all right.” He boasted that 17 percent of U.S. oil imports could be replaced with biofuel manufactured from slime that grows on turtle ponds…