Yes darlings, there is an economy for human waste. You learn these things working for the EPA, where Econo-Girl just started a few weeks ago. There is a process whereby human waste is heated and then microbes added, and then is used for fertilizer. Yum. Love those vegetables.
And there is a way to take standard trash, put pressure on it and heat it, and then electricity is produced. Isn't this wild?
Neither are cost-effective. But with a little research ... Econo-Girl feels that with a mere billion dollar investment the US could insulate itself from crazies elsewhere. Cancel a few weapons programs. Give Econo-Girl a copy of the US budget, and she'll make the cut.
When still a little one, Econo-Girl went through the gas crisis with the rest of the nation. The real price of gas is not nearly as high as it was in the Seventies. OK, OK, you suffered worse, you Baby Boomers. Stop bitching already. Nothing you go through is going to make you The Greatest Generation. It still hurts, doesn't it?
Then Jimmy Carter told the nation to conserve and that the government will investigate alternative fuels. And did he get punished for that one. If Reagan had continued this work we would not be in a pickle today. Wonder how that cucumber was fertilized?