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May 03, 2005

Alternative Fuel; Talk About NIMBY

Posted in: Energy

According to AP: Animal Waste will be studied as a potential energy source.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking to become the first zoo in the nation to be powered by its own animal waste – particularly the prodigious piles produced by its pachyderms.

The zoo – world prominent for its Asian elephant breeding program – is studying how feasible it would be to switch to animal waste as an alternative energy source to reduce its $400,000 annual heating and electricity bill.

The zoo’s six elephants produce more than 1,000 pounds of dung per day, said Zoo Director Anne Baker

In the United States, a number of farms have used animal waste to produce power, so the technology is available to apply at the zoo, said John Fox of Homeland Energy Resources Development, a New York City-based renewable energy developer assisting with the study.

But there are questions to be answered to know whether it can be worthwhile, he said.

Isn’t that the real question with most alternative fuel? Is it worth while and cost effective. However, might I add to all those Libs who commented on our previous post, More Oil Refineries, HELL YES . Which one of you referencing alternative fuels volunteers to have 1,000 pounds of elephant dung delivered next door to you? I’m waiting.

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