Friday night topic: Turning anything into oil?


Could science solve at least two of the world's biggest problems by inventing a cost-efficient means of turning waste into oil? Some folks seem to have made considerable progress toward that goal.

What happens when we can turn industrial and municipal waste into oil, gas, and other useful substances? What if we finally nail down cold fusion in a mini-fridge-sized box that could power a home? How would such things transform the world? What kinds of new economic possibilities would be open to individuals and families worldwide? Who would benefit most? And could such amazingly good things really ever happen?

Discuss.

Oh, and thanks to indeego for the topic suggestion.

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