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Posted: 10/10/2005 10:25:33 AM EDT
A reliable source out of south Florida reports that the Mass. Institute of Technology (MIT) has a prototype device to solve the nation's shortage of natural gas due to 2 recent hurricanes that devastated the gulf coast's oil and gas production ability.

The device, called a F.A.R.T. (Frequent Air Release Transporter), is attached to the hind quarters of cattle and recovers the methane released by the bovines and is stored in back packs attached to the animals.

One of the green house gasses, methane is released by cattle in great quantities and dissipates into the air  thus adding to the already greatly increased amounts of hydrocarbons in the environment.  These gasses have a direct, negative affect on the protective ozone layer surrounding the Earth.

MIT researchers discovered that it is economically feasible to recover large amounts of methane that would otherwise pollute our air.  "It's like killing two birds with one stone" said Rahjad Metteramojos, a reasearcher who is helping lead the program.  "We recover methane that would pollute the air and at the same time, we can heat our homes with the gas that we collect from cows".

Metteramojos said that with current technology available right now, The U.S. could tap into this inexhaustible source of energy.  "What is needed, however, is a company to fund the capital outlay for producing the F.A.R.T. recovery units." he said and that they are looking into a consortium of oil and gas producers to fund further research.

"One day" the researcher said, "Every home will have a few cows in their yard producing all the natural gas (methane) they will need for even the coldest northeastern winter".
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 10:27:13 AM EDT
Wasn't that how they powered the city in beyond thunderdome? Pig methane?
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 10:27:24 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 10/10/2005 10:28:49 AM EDT

Wasn't that how they powered the city in beyond thunderdome? Pig methane?

yes.  Pig $!+ powered Jet Turbine vehicles.  The movie that mad the apocalypse cool!
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