Cow Poop Could Power California’s Clean Energy Future Or Something

Well, hey, the People’s Republik Of California needs something for when the solar panels and wind turbines are not supplying power, right? Something to limit the rolling brown and blackout? Let’s go old school with cow poop

Cow poop could fuel California’s clean energy future. But not everyone’s on board

Lyle Schlyer grinned as a river of frothing manure oozed down a concrete channel, the murky greenish fluid soon disappearing into a storm drain-like hole.

It was a sunny March afternoon, a few days before the novel coronavirus began shutting down much of California, and the smell of cow dung was doing nothing to dampen Schlyer’s enthusiasm. He stood atop a towering contraption that separated the manure into solid and liquid parts. A conveyor belt deposited the brown solids at the top of a stinking mound. The fluids filtered through narrow slits in a metal screen before continuing down the concrete channel.

The liquids would eventually reach a double-lined holding pond, larger than a football field and covered by a thick black tarp. A stew of gases — mostly methane and carbon dioxide — bubbled up under the tarp, creating enough pressure that you can walk across the undulating surface with sinking steps, like an open-air bounce house or a bizarre sand dune.

A few steps away, thousands of Holstein cows looked on, their moos audible over the industrial whir of the manure separator.

“It’s the grittier side of renewable fuel,” Schlyer said.

It wasn’t that many years ago when a major paper like the LA Times would have deemed this disgusting and put it in the strange news section, not propped it up as awesome. Let’s use an energy source from the B.C. era.

Of course, this probably smells less than the poop filled streets of San Francisco.

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8 Responses to “Cow Poop Could Power California’s Clean Energy Future Or Something”

  1. Dana says:

    Sounds like bullshit to me. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  2. Kye says:

    Why not since bullshit already powers California politicians.

  3. John says:

    Apparently teach is unaware that pig farms in his own state have been doing this for years

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    So less pollution from cow and pig manure sounds like a bad idea to TEACH?

    The farms can replace some of their energy costs with a renewable source, less methane in the atmosphere, and we get bacon, ham, ribs, sausage, pulled pork and ribeyes out of the deal.

    • formwiz says:

      No, you don’t.

      I doubt they will be handed out free.

      And all that effluvia carries disease, especially ChiCom-19. The country got healthier when we moved to internal combustion.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        You’re a nitwit, but you know that. For your information, cattle and pigs shit whether or not methane is going to be collected from it.

        Do you have evidence that cow and pig shit carries SAR-CoV-2? Of course not, you’re just lying again.

        Do you not know what methane is?

        You’re not real are you? You’ve got to be a bot. The Misanthrope-3000.

        • formwiz says:

          You’re a nitwit, but you know that. For your information, cattle and pigs shit whether or not methane is going to be collected from it.

          The only nitwit here believes the earth is warming, and the rest of it is one of your standard non sequiturs.

          Do you have evidence that cow and pig shit carries SAR-CoV-2? Of course not, you’re just lying again.

          The “experts” you believe so much say so, so it must be true.

          Do you not know what methane is?

          It comes out of you by the minute.

          You’re not real are you? You’ve got to be a bot. The Misanthrope-3000.

          Oh, wow, you come up with that all by yourself? The rest of the trolls dropped that one a couple of years ago.

          You just never get the memo.

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