Donnerstag, 13. September 2007

Demonol: The fuel of the future (of the people, by the people, for the people)

When George Bush Senior launched Operation Desert Storm Iraqi-American inner city science teacher T.H. Culhane decided to teach his Jefferson High School "biosphere" and "eutopia" students how to make ethanol fuel out of waste cellulose. Working with auto mechanics teacher Mr. Aguilar, with drafting teacher Bill Hernandez, carpentry teacher Harold Campbell and Vice Principal Mr. Scott, they successfully converted the high school's cars to run on alcohol fuel and were experimenting with ways to use solar distillation and cockroach enzymes to convert cellulose into a fuel they called "Demonol - a fuel of the people, by the people for the people." This video was a "trailer" the class made for a documentary of the project. Unfortunately a threatening letter from the California Energy Commission, warning the kids and teachers against violating "federal anti-tampering regulations" got the project shut down! Imagine not being able to "tamper" with a car in auto mechanics class!

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