Let’s hear it for the lowly algae

I hope that Mountain Xpress follows up the algae-based biogasoline research [“OrganoFuels’ Quest for Green Gasoline,” The Green Scene, Sept. 17]. DeAnna Hatch has been growing beakers of algae since the start of OrganoFuels in 2006.

Algae could be the solution to this country’s fossil-fuel addiction—a renewable fuel [that doesn’t] compete for farmland. Corn is affected by weather change, requires more farmland per gallon, and prices have doubled in the last two years. Algae’s oil allows it to be grown in a range of environments.

Algae absorbs carbon dioxide, creates more fuel per acre than soybeans, and there’s no war being fought over it. The way algae creates as well as absorbs carbon dioxide fascinates me. Algae feeds on carbon and lowers sulfur, compared with conventional petroleum-based fuels. Less harmful gases released into the atmosphere means a step towards healthier environment. A cleaner, greener Earth is what to strive for.

— Rachel Cairatti
Asheville

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