In a release sent to DCist, the Algae Biomass Organization said it's urging the National Park Service to delay draining the algae that's been growing in the pool writing, "Based on estimates, the pool could produce more than 1.5 million gallons of low carbon, domestic fuel per year if it was used exclusively for algae production." Their statement goes on:
"While we would never advocate using the Pool to produce algae full time, it is a highly visual reminder that the attributes of algae which frustrate consumers are the very same that make algae ideal as an industrial raw material," said Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization. "Algae grow in a variety of places, multiply fast, and need only sunlight and CO2 to grow. Best of all, fuels made from algae work in existing engines with no modification."Even these little green guys (or photosynthetic organisms, if you want to get all technical) aren't left to their own devices on the Hill; ABO, which represents the algae industry, has spent $60,000 on lobbying thus far this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
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