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synthetic fuel

I came across this news story today regarding Rentech that is planning to produce “synthetic” fuels, ear-marking more than half their planned production for airline use (16k barrels of 30k barrels in their first facility).

Of course, this is only a tiny amount compared to the amount of petroleum consumed per day worldwide, but as a step towards less petroleum use, this is great. 30k barrels vs the 20.8m barrels that just the United States consumes is tiny, but it’s showing that there are initiatives to move away from petroleum-only towards other materials.

In addition to things like what Rentech is doing, we should also be looking for our own supplies of fuels and not relying so much on other countries (reducing transit times, tariffs passed-on to consumers, and creating high-skill, high-demand jobs in this country).