I was pleased to hear Charles Krauthammer mock this idea yesterday on Special Report:
… I was impressed by the president’s analysis of this situation where we have no control over the global price of oil. We’re depending on oil from unfriendlies. And he says… drilling for oil to relieve our dependency is not a solution or a plan. He said we have to go to clean energy. He talked about something really revolutionary today: algae. A $14 million grant for the development of algae [was announced].
So it’s not oil. His solution is algae. And because we know the secretary of energy is a physicist who won the Nobel Prize, the president, knowing all this stuff, said one reason we should do this is because “we can grow algae here in the United States.”
It happens that algae will grow anywhere on earth!
Hey, it's even good to eat, being called "Nature's Perfect Food"!
This reminded me of Kim Jong Il's "Pine Needle Tea":
In the spring of 1845, Karl Marx wrote, ". . . the human essence is no abstraction inherent in each single individual. In its reality it is the ensemble of social relations." Marx's idea was that a change in the "ensemble of social relations" can change "the human essence."
In June 2004 the communist North Korean government issued a statement to its starving citizens recommending the consumption of pine needles. Pyongyang maintained that pine needle tea could effectively prevent and treat cancer, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, cerebral hemorrhage, and even turn grey hair to black.
Tragically, human nature isn't at all as advertised, and neither is pine needle tea. According to the U.S. State Department, at least one million North Koreans have died of famine since 1995.
Well, we may not starve here in the good old US of A (unless algae becomes the US Government policy position on food), but I bet that we will have a new kind of energy famine if we pin all our hopes on algae or on other blue-green energy sources.
Perhaps LET THEM EAT ALGAE! will become the new campaign slogan for President Marie Obamanette