MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new report claims that scientists evidently discovered a method of using atmospheric carbon dioxide to create ethanol.

Popular Mechanics reported that scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee were working on finding out whether chemical reactions could make the conversion.

What they found, in true beginners’ luck style, was that the first step in their research actually did the trick.

Popular Mechanics explained: “The tech involves a new combination of copper and carbon arranged into nanospikes on a silicon surface. The nanotechnology allows the reactions to be very precise, with very few contaminants.”

The process also reportedly works at room temperature, which would save a lot on energy costs.

The news comes as scientists report the world has reached the highest levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide in 4 million years.

Comments (7)
  1. Rob says:

    Less than 1/2 of 1 percent of the CO2 in the atmosphere is man made.

    It is a non-problem.

    If they start messing with the CO2 in the atmosphere, they could start killing vegetation which requires CO2 to live.

    1. Domenick Fugarino says:

      You are right. The answer is/was in the mind of Nicola Tesla, harness free electricity or make electricity from the natural forces around us.

      Their easy way out may/will be just a stop gap measure. The internal combustion engine must and will be replaced and science will solve this process.

      As much as the would be controller’s of the universe try to control the climate, the oceans are rising at a constant rate, not an accelerated rate as those who want to control the world would have us believe.

    2. Mark Bohnhorst says:

      Essentially all the added carbon–and there is a LOT of added carbon–is carbon 14. The radio carbon has long since decayed away. Essentially all the added carbon is from sources that have been in the ground for a very long time–i.e., from fossil fuels.

  2. jack nichols says:

    I appreciate that chance still plays a role in the way things out. That being said, even if this proves workable, it wont mean a thing to me. My energy cost will be the same if not higher, activist will still take to the streets over dying trees and my wife will be just as unhappy with me as ever. So, thanks for the memories.

    1. Domenick says:

      Tesla wanted humanity to pay less for electricity, AC made it possible. Both he and Edison, realizing combustion materials was just the start and finite.

      A better mouse trap and solution will come.

  3. Tim says:

    This could mean that Al Gore would be as poor as Bill and Hillary, he will lose his carbon taxes. Don’t forget the Arabs. Without the world killing them for their oil it could result in overpopulation of the middle east.

  4. Domenick says:

    When technologies change, then science will exert a force to produce equilibrium. The resultant force will eventually reorganize civilization and a new level of stabilization wil evolve but not over night