Quote of the Day:
“Do you believe in miracles?” –sportscaster Al Michaels
An article in the Clarion Ledger newspaper on August 27, 2010, got TB’s attention and I can’t quite figure out why it hasn’t gotten press on a national scale. A Texas company is coming to Mississippi, with a 75 Million Dollar zero interest loan from it’s citizens, to build three plants which will (purportedly) turn timber into crude oil. These biofuel plants will (allegedly) turn wood chips to crude oil in a process taking only seconds. The crude oil produced will (so they say) be cheaper than typical crude oil and it will burn cleaner. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said “They’re going to do what it takes millions of years for Mother Nature to do in a matter of seconds.”*
The claims are as astounding and improbable as they are exciting and revolutionary. If this actually works, it could turn Mississippi into one of the nation’s economic powerhouses. Not only is the state blessed with an abundance of timberlands, but the first three plants in the nation–make that the world–are to be located right here. And it only took 75 million dollars worth of big government to make it happen.
Jesus turned water into wine–impressive, but since he wasn’t in to the whole materialistic thing, the technique never became widely known. In the middle ages, every jackleg with a basement was trying to turn their wench’s tin-pans into gold. Modern magicians routinely turn one scarf into, like fifty, for some reason. But this….this….hell, this is big! Like, miracle big, with an entrepreneurial mind behind it this time!
Hmmm. I’ll believe it when I see it. But, then again, it couldn’t hurt to go out in the back yard and plant a few oil wells–errrr–pine trees, just in case.
*It occurs to me that if Haley’s loan pays off, he may get himself back in the hunt for Prez in 2012. Of course, he’s gonna have to explain the Big Government involvement to the teabaggers and the clear lack of faith in the Huckabee wing’s 6000 year old Earth mythology. But screw all that. We’ll all be rich! Rich I tells ya!