The wounded man lays with his back against the car. An arrow protrudes from his chest. A stranger approaches clad in scuffed black leather – black boots, black pants, a black leather jacket. The stranger is holding a sawed-off shotgun. He must be here to help. The wounded man begins to speak to the stranger, his voice little more than a whisper. "Thank you, thank you," the wounded man says. The stranger's response is heartbreaking, "I'm just here for the ethanol."
You're right, The Road Warrior probably wouldn't have been as cool if the citizens of a dystopian Australia were defending an ethanol plant instead of a gasoline refinery. But if GM's Aussie division Holden has anything to do with it, Lord Humongous will be ruling the wasteland with an armada of flexfuel-burning green machines instead of smoke-belching 70s muscle cars and motorcycles.
Holden announced today that it has joined a think-tank of sorts that "will investigate the viability of establishing Australia's first ethanol plant capable of turning materials such as household rubbish and building waste into more than 200 million liters of ethanol a year." The other members of the consortium are the Victorian State Government, Caltex (Chevron's Australian division), Veolia (a waste management company) and of obvious importance, Coskata (a waste-into-biofuel company).
Holden Energy and Environment Director Richard Marshall is full of Aussie pride about the measure. "We're committed to having locally built Holden cars capable of running on E85 in the market by 2010," he said. "It's about designing and engineering vehicles for Australians, built by Australians, using Australian fuel alternatives."
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