Friday, May 04, 2007

Innovative alternative fuel being used in Ukraine, ignored by global warming activists

This has nothing to do with Ukrainian radio, but the U.S. company Cargill and Ukraine deserve a tip of the hat.

Recently, Cargill announced that it has invested about $20 million in the installation of boilers fired by sunflower husks at its oil extraction plants in eastern Ukraine. Company officials said this would enable the plants to use their own production waste and meet their own demands for heat energy while using environmentally clear fuel. Three boilers have already been installed at the oil extraction plants Donetsk and Kakhovka.

Interestingly (but not surprisingly) no Hollywood celebrities or grandstanding ex-politicians are touting something so mundane yet innovative and effective in fighting global warming.

Good luck finding even a tiny mention (let alone a decent article) about it in mainstream newspapers or the wire services. Of course, it could be that people who are actually doing something about global warming prefer not to waste their time trying to get the attention of people more interested in celluloid fantasies than real-life solutions, and just get on with the work ... even tho they'll get little thanks for it.

I learned about this real-life solution thanks to the folks at Art Ukraine who compile an excellent news roundup called The Action Ukraine Report (best viewed on Firefox). It's a great source of interesting and useful information on Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

4 comments:

olechko said...

Art Ukraine has excellent report, their contents though does not justify the name... I am just jealous they got it first!

Pawlina said...

I agree, they're about so much more than art...

Vasyl said...

I will have to agree Morgan Williams does a great job putting AUR together.

I had the pleasure of speaking to him a number of times while working in journalism.

Pawlina said...

Morgan is incredible! I don't know how he finds the time to do all that he does...