Friday, April 22, 2011

Biotech firm looks to clean oil out of laundry detergent

The year anniversary of the BP oil spill this week reminds us of a couple of uncomfortable realities. Drilling for oil is an inherently dirty business. It's hard to do and getting harder. It's expensive. You throw in the squeeze the global economy feels when prices do what they're doing right now, and that's plenty reason to go looking for alternatives. And not just alternatives to oil as fuel. If a product hasn't been made with oil, it was certainly transported with oil. And without petroleum lubricants, the entire country would simply grind to a halt from friction, said David Fridley of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. More>