While we sweat over what gas prices are going to do, gambling on when to fill up in the ups and downs of prices, always wondering how much the price will go up because of some pinch in supply, there are people who have been working on the problem. Instead of putting holes in the ground, though, or dumping tons of stuff into cookers that churn out oil, they're tapping the most ubiquitous resource on the planet: the air we breathe.
Okay, I can see how theoretically that might be a possibility, but it still seems like science fiction. OTOH...
The company, Air Fuel Synthesis, explains it as follows:
Air Fuel Synthesis uses renewable energy to do what nature does with photosynthesis and time, converting carbon dioxide into oil. Put simply, Air Fuel Synthesis converts carbon dioxide and water into synthetic hydrocarbon liquids from which sustainable fuels or other oil based products can be made. ...Oil is basically made from carbon and hydrogen. Carbon is in the air in the form of carbon dioxide and hydrogen can be found in water.
Wasn't that enlightening?
Don't expect to buy any soon -- but when it comes out on the market, expect it to drive prices down.
And wouldn't it be nice to know that the carbon you're putting our in vapors isn't changing the balance in the atmosphere?