?NATURAL gas, that is – Many delivery trucks and city buses now run on clean-burning natural gas?but this comes from wells, just like oil, and America’s wells are running dry. But Japanese researchers have developed a method of using bacteria found in depleted oil wells to turn leftover crude oil into natural gas. This could supply 10% of our fuel supply.

It works in Japan (yes, there are oil wells there too). In Bloomburg.com, Shigeru Sato and Yuji Okada quote researcher Hirofumi Kawachi as saying, “If oil stays above $100 a barrel in years ahead, it may be worth trying this unique technique.”

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