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Chevron Forms Research Alliance With Penn State For Coal Conversion Technologies

Chevron Energy Technology Company, a Chevron Corporation subsidiary, has formed a research alliance with the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment to research coal conversion technologies.

The joint research initiative will focus on coal chemistry and conversion technology, advanced fuels, combustion, analysis methods, reactor science, separations, process technology, and CO2/greenhouse gas management and conversion.

The alliance also will integrate research with educational and career opportunities for students and graduates specializing in coal conversion and energy technologies. Under the alliance, Chevron will provide up to $17.5 million over the next five years to the university.

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Elliot

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Chevron Develops Organic Fuel From Living Organisms

Chevron Corporation announced today a new process for creating fuel from living organisms. David J. O'Reilly, CEO, said in a rare statement, "Today Chevron has made a great stride forward in creating the fuel of tomorrow. By working with the ASPCA and various breeders around the world, we have secured the next great renewable fuel: puppies and kittens. This completes Phase I." O'Reilly went on to say that phase II was to work with various orphanages worldwide to reduce the 'blight (sic) of orphans worldwide.' After his announcement he was led to a convoy of running Chevrolet Suburbans, one for each member of his entourage. As he climbed in he said, "And don't worry about this global warming fuss, Chevron is standing by our pledge, and each puppy and kitten will be forcefed coal prior to being put down by the most toxic chemicals known to man. We are committed to the environment."

Steve

Thank you for the thoughtful contribution.

Lad

The one thing to remember about oil companies: they are wedded to the internal combustion engines and their path for continued profits is to develop the feedstock and thus fuel to drive ICEs. The easy finds appear to have been developed so now the scramble is on to extract oil from tar sands and to create feedstock from coal. The up side: less imported foreign oil. The down side: when we burn fuel in ICEs, we waste about 70% of the potential energy in the form of heat and tailpipe emissions. Makes the idea of power plants generating electrons and storing them in batteries and capacitors for use in a 90% efficient electric motors look exceptional.

Elliot

If they want to burn something that's fine with me. Just replace it with a renewable resource that either doesn't pollute or pollutes a lot less.

At least with oil they drill wells and that's it. Coal often requires strip mining, just utterly destroying the selected area and polluting nearby rivers with what they blast off. Then they have to process it, and even with sequestration, which is untested large scale, it is then burned in cars where it burns even less cleanly than CO2 heavy petroleum based fuel.

I'm not buying gas at Chevron anymore. Haven't bought any from Exxon in a long time. One of these companies needs to work towards finding a viable solution, one that's not just lip service. Who wants to sell me gas?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevron_Corporation#Environmental_record

Lad

@Elloit:

Excellent point about strip mining; all too long the mines have abused the people of states like West Virginia, etc. I saw a report on PBS about how they had ruin the people's wells and waterway even at some distance from the mining property and the current administration refused to even address the problem, continuing to let the mining interest run rampant over the people. This has to stop. It's the same old question of who owns the government. And the answer will always be the ones who contribute the money to the campaign funds. You can bet the mining interest contributes handily.

Elliot

The only way to prevent this from happening, (and it needs to be prevented, it can't be allowed for even a little while) is to get some alternatives like electric cars to mature more quickly and running the intermediate hybrid versions on biofuel.

Chevron might get away with this not only because they've got money, but they'll have an actual answer in hand, not 5 years down the road. It'll be a bad answer. It needs some competition to prevent its adoption because this WILL work if its allowed to. And a few years later the coasts will be under water.

@Lad - thanks.

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