The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 April 2008

Oil together now

Money, your parents told you, doesn't grow on trees. But they didn't say anything about diesel fuel:

In the wet tropical region of North Queensland, Australian farmers have bought over 20,000 diesel trees with the intention that in 15 or so years, they’ll have an oil mine growing on their farmland. The Brazilian Copaifera langsdorfii can be tapped just like rubber trees, but instead of rubbery latex, this tree ... gives up a natural diesel.

"One hectare will yield about 12,000 litres annually," says the nurseryman selling the trees.

This is upward of 1200 gallons per acre, and a single tree will produce for decades. As with most biodiesel, you'll have to filter it before it gets into your tank. Not that it's going into your tank: the tree doesn't flourish outside tropical zones (like, say, North Queensland or Brazil).

(Via Scribal Terror.)

Posted at 9:37 AM to Family Joules

Don't let Hillary and Nancy find out about this, or they will want to tax the whee out of it, even if it isn't in our country.

Posted by: Jeffro at 1:44 PM on 8 April 2008

Yep and of course W would want to sell it off to Haliburton for a chest full of shiny mirrors and beads. They're all loco in their own way.

Posted by: Ron at 2:41 PM on 8 April 2008

I think this post had been accidentally backstamped (forward-stamped?) - the date should be April, 1st.

Either that, or god is puling our collective leg.

Posted by: Tat at 2:46 PM on 8 April 2008

Yes, wasn't there a story some years ago about the spaghetti trees in Switzerland?

I don't know. If this is for real? I suspect there WILL be people in this country wanting to convert farmland over to the cultivation of this plant. Even if it doesn't "flourish" outside of tropical areas. And I suspect they'll get some government earmarks aimed at investigating the tree and its growth...

Posted by: fillyjonk at 2:54 PM on 8 April 2008

Before it was the "diesel tree," it was the "kerosene tree"; the research goes back many years.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:34 PM on 8 April 2008

I seem to remember Monty Python singing about a lava tree, but I'm not sure that's relevant to this...

Posted by: McGehee at 4:31 PM on 8 April 2008

Was this before Wednesday, when he goes shopping?

Posted by: CGHill at 6:14 PM on 8 April 2008

He's okay.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:16 PM on 8 April 2008