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The power of dumb ideas.

“Sometime this summer, a United Airlines flight will take off from Los Angeles International Airport bound for San Francisco using fuel generated from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats.”

This could go from dumb to ugly: if they land in San Francisco smelling like French fries and the lefties discover they had trans fats in the jet fuel, there’ll be riots.

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poppajoe49
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poppajoe49

if they land in San Francisco smelling like French fries and the lefties discover they had trans fats in the jet fuel, there’ll be riots.

I’d be more concerned that they might mistake the smell for K-Y Jelly or Astro Glide! Then you might have to deal with a mass orgy in the airport!

JPTravis
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Isn’t “mass orgy” kind of redundant? And redundant?

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49

Nah, orgy would be up to 20 participants, mass orgy would be the entire population of San FranFreako.

Progressive Hemrrhoid
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Progressive Hemrrhoid

It’s a great idea, because spending $30 a gallon for bio-jet fuel versus the $4.50 per gallon for regular petroleum based fuel makes the airlines so much more profitable.
Hope any company stupid enough to follow this logic goes out of business.

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49

United Airlines introduces their chief engineer and refueling specialist.

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deepthinker
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deepthinker

With all the fast food places shutting down where’s the oil going to come from? Just let everyone know they’re about to board a green flight. That way they’ll have a chance to get that extra life insurance

jukin
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jukin

I don’t know about these bio fuels but I do know about ethanol.

1. ethanol has 80% the energy density of gasoline. IOW, 1 gallon of ethanol is equal to .8 gallon of gasoline.
2. It takes about 1.3 gallons of gasoline to make each gallon of ethanol.
3. Moisture in ethanol causes engines to fail prematurely. Also causes certain kinds of common elastomers in tubing and seals to fail prematurely.

In short for every useful gallon of ethanol we use 1.625 gallons of gasoline. Plus engines wear faster and require replacement and servicing more often (equating to more energy usage to replace). This in now way is offsetting anything but is exacerbating the problem

Go figure another big eco-big government solution that makes the problem worse at higher costs. Color me shocked.

Progressive Hemrrhoid
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Progressive Hemrrhoid

It also eats fiberglass resin, and some plastics.

PsychoDad
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“Also causes certain kinds of common elastomers in tubing and seals to fail prematurely.”

I read once that about half the cars in Brazil collapsed because of that a few years back, when The Gov mandated ethanol. Fortunately, newer cars are more resistant.

Red Robster
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Red Robster

Thats good. I was concerned our landfills were running out of plastics. Shewie!

jukin
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jukin

Well those material substitutes sure as hell are not less expensive. Again hitting the consumer in the pocketbook but I think that is the whole idea. The eco-nazis and big government (BIRM) want there to be more poor people and an elimination of the middle class.

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49

Well, it is much easier to control the poor, just offer them some free shit and they will beat a path to your door, and do whatever they must to get the freebies, even if it’s against their best interests.

Red Robster
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Red Robster

i’m poor.

for now

Not so silent
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Not so silent

Worse case scenario..Planes engines fail, plane crashes, but on the upside it smells good for a mile around the impact crater.

MGAP
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MGAP

Heh. Last month United used the aircraft in that picture to promote carbon offsets. United paid the optional carbon credit for each passenger on each flight it took for one month. In doing so, United flew that aircraft at a profit loss for the entire month. In effect burning a crapton of jet fuel for absolutely no purpose. I posted a statement to that effect in the comments section under the story in our company website. They censored, then deleted my comment before anyone got to read it.

JPTravis
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Even scarier than United buying into this bullshit, Obama has the Air Force using bio-fuel in warplanes. Just what we need, F-16s, already a fighter past its sell-by date, flying around on used French fry oil, smelling like a Get-’em-and-Go.

MGAP
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MGAP

We’ve actually done a lot of research as a company into bio-fuels. When we were Continental, we were testing with algae based fuels. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t care what the fuel originated from as long as we can get it for lower prices than traditional fossil based fuels. However, they can’t convince me that bio fuels are any better (significantly or measurably better ) for the environment. We’re lighting a fire, burning a combustible and scattering it through the atmosphere at Mach 0.81.

Red Robster
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Red Robster

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MIGHT increase seat sales,
as for fuel, well: https://www.ihatethemedia.com/burn-baby-burn

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49

Southwest could use a few of those. I’m tired of seeing the rejects from the cocktail waitress program at Caesar’s Palace on their flights.

flashingscotsman
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I kinda doubt the caption, but they’re certainly welcome to try!

JPTravis
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I hope your research didn’t lead you to the misconception that biofuel is ever — EVER — lower priced.

UpNorthMN
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UpNorthMN

I would much rather see all of these eco-lefties fly a solar powered jet to Australia.

whitewulf
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i’d rather they take a one way flight to somalia

Joe Redfield
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Joe Redfield

Soon jet aircraft will be fueled with methane generated by unicorn flatulence.

Red Robster
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Red Robster

Vlad could make a mint eatin’ cabbages.

flashingscotsman
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Vlad farts glitter. I’M the methane producer.

Red Robster
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Red Robster

🙂

stinkfoot
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stinkfoot

It’ll run out of fuel mid-flight and be unable to land…. oh wait…