OK. So if anyone here has done any research about biodiesel or alternative fuels, then you know that biodiesel is a fuel you can produce more than one way. I'm interested in the method that recycles old plastic into biodiesel. I saw a special on some science show, where they took a bunch of junk plastic, put it in a giant pressure cooker, and then basically cooked it back into petroleum... Pay attention because here's where it gets interesting: the best way to either 1) make a huge profit on something or 2) sell something at extremely low cost, is to keep all costs low. Anyone else out here an accounting major? Remember cost accounting? Expenses can only go two places- inventory or cost of goods sold... So- if you throw aside startup costs etc- imagine a biodiesel refinery that produced this type of fuel 24 hours a day, and the plastic was free- delivered even. No purchasing raw materials from suppliers... Just lots and lots of plastic arriving daily. Piling up everywhere, waiting to be refined into a useable energy source... No homeless people with shopping carts dropping it off for money, no trucks or complicated loading docks... Just piles and piles of useable plastic, and nothing but time.... Well, that's what you'd have if you constructed such a facility in gore point Alaska... See link here for mnore information on just how terrible this spot is: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/magazine/22Plastics-t.html?pagewanted=2 The rundown: Gore point is a huge beach at the tip of a peninsula in Alaska. It can only be reached by helicopter and it's covered in garbage. More importantly the garbage is almost completely either driftwood or plastic... Why? It's carried there by the ocean. It has something to do with the ocean currents, and the buoyancy, weight, and density of plastic... The ocean basically acts like some sort if centrifuge and spins the plastic out to the same place. As an added side note- I once saw a show on tv about a beach somewhere else covered only with dead lightbulbs... Same deal with the ocean currents etc- that's apparently where lightbulbs get spun out... Anyway- think about it. Just about any diesel engine can be retrofitted to run biodiesel. You could set up a refinery that burns the driftwood as fuel in it's furnaces... The plastic could be scavanged by construction equipment type machines that you often see at dumps- since they run on diesel, they too could be modified for the new fuel as well. Even the barges that would have to bring the fuel back to the states could be rigged-up to run on the biodiesel... There you have it- my 2 cents on a solution to our oil dependency situation. Not only does it create a few jobs and provide an alternative that could be cheaper- it's good for the environment. Think about it? Our oceans are badly polluted... If you read the article I linked to it says that it would take 200 years to clean the strip of land I'm describing just once. Not only does that mean that the supply of plastic wouldn't be going away at all soon, but you'd be doing something ethical and environmentally responsible... It wouldn't even have to end there- you could replicate the effort elsewhere as well- many other similar beaches and islands exist all over the world. Just my 2 cents.... What do you think?