- As far as I know, this didn't come from The Onion, though it reads
He might engineer organisms that produce octane from a carbon dioxide
feedstock. That isn't energy news. It's chemical news. The energy
news would tell us where the microbes would get the energy to reduce
the C in CO2. It would also tell us the ratio of that input to the
mechanical output from burning the octane in an internal combustion
engine. It should tell us how clean they could expect to make such a
process, since energy and pollution are inextricably linked.