Doesn't even need to be a breakthrough in biotech. Say the switch to a
cheaper or more reliable source of natural gas (methane) could certainly
dampen enthusiasm for Near Eastern sources. Alternative a cheaper
conversion of coal-derived methane or mentanol-with provisions for
sequestering of COČ would work too. Maybe just using bio-fuels derived from
gene-spliced bamboo is another touted concept; that could put your engineer
friends career into as cocked hat.
In a message dated 02/01/2000 9:44:02 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> The engineer was actually quite happy about
> fuel cells, since he believed they would have a positive environmental
> impact, even if he wasn't convinced biotech production of fuel would
> ever be useful.
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