[Video] CNN Reporters Clueless to Biological Origins of Oil, Time For An Energy 101 Literacy Campaign

March 02 2009 / by Garry Golden
Category: Energy   Year: General   Rating: 2

[Ok, this is a snarky post, but I'm leaving it up.  It seems reasonable to assume that CNN would have a Producer, Writer or Intern make a stronger connection between 'hydrocarbons' like coal and oil that originated from biomass (plants and diatoms).  Instead CNN frames algae like a space alien recipe.]

Gas 2.0 writer Nick Chambers has featured a CNN video clip of baffled reporters who 'have just discovered algae' based energy systems via a look at Origin Oil's helix bioreactor. 

The CNN correspondents are clueless to the biological origins of oil and the basics of energy science- namely that everytime we drive our car we are breaking apart hydrogen-carbon bonds formed by ancient algae.  So tapping the power of algae to bind molecules for energy feedstocks is not 'science fiction', it is Mother Nature.    

[Peaking in snarky tone right there...] The clip shows how disconnected we are from understanding even the basics of energy systems and where energy comes from.  (It's scary how many people I meet that still think 'fossil fuels' are ancient dinosaurs.)  And it is not a surprise that shallow 'consuming green' strategies dominate public conversations, despite falling flat in terms of offering global solutions.

Could we get science back into the conversaton? How about teaching our children and news reporters the most basic '101' energy science. Oil is not pixie dust, it comes from somewhere.

CNN should educate its reporter on what they fill up in their gas tank.  Because it's ancient algae. 

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