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Is Vivoleum the next Alternative Fuel?

Posted June 21, 2007 9:11 AM
Pathfinder Tags: petroleum vivoleum yes men

"Without oil, at least four billion people would starve. This spiral of trouble would make the oil infrastructure utterly useless -- unless their bodies could be turned into fuel."

In a speech at Canada's largest oil conference in Calgary last week, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnanno of the Yes Men, a political prankster group, posed as a representative of the U.S. National Petroleum Council and Exxon Corporation, respectively. Bichlbaum told several hundred oilmen that, to address worldwide energy needs, "we need something like whales, but infinitely more abundant." The solution -- Vivoleum--a fuel made by "transforming the billions of people who die into oil."

The Yes Men were thrown out after handing out Vivoleum memorial candles which they claimed were made from the remains of an Exxon-Mobil worker who had died following the clean-up of a toxic waste spill. (The candles were actually made of paraffin, beeswax and human hair.)

Vivoleum has potential. It is not exactly a renewable resource, but, unlike petroleum, it is an expanding one, given the aging of the world's population. One drawback: Vivoleum emissions might not meet the goal of achieving a substantive decline in atmospheric carbon releases by 2050.

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Re: Is Vivoleum the next Alternative Fuel?

06/22/2007 8:18 AM

I think there was a movie about this - oh yes, Soylant Green....

Not quite the same result, but the same theme.

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Re: Is Vivoleum the next Alternative Fuel?

06/22/2007 8:33 AM

Overall carbon emissions would actually be lowered, because the carbon from the dead bodies would find it's way out pretty quickly anyway... it's when we release carbon that is locked up happily in a stable form such as coal or crude that we run into trouble.

I wonder if it wouldn't be better to use the treated/ground bodies as fertilizer for ethanol crops instead?

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Re: Is Vivoleum the next Alternative Fuel?

06/22/2007 8:41 PM

A TASTELESS JOKE at best, which is pretty poor.

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Re: Is Vivoleum the next Alternative Fuel?

06/24/2007 1:02 AM

I hardly think these men were joking in going through the trouble invovled in this action. You may read this as polictical, but I speak from the heart: The resistance of these wealthy individuals to humanities needs driven by, at best, their selfishness, is "tasteless".

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