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Cow-manure gas coming soon to Palo Alto

Original post made on Feb 19, 2008

Central Valley cows may soon be providing gas for some Palo Alto homes and businesses, replacing nonrenewable supplies that are currently piped in from Canada and the Southwest.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 9:31 AM

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Posted by Moo-Gas
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Palo Alto is already having to pay top dollar for gas because it is such a small customer. If the size of future gas contracts were to go down because of the use of "cow gas", this would likely have the effect of driving up the price of gas for everyone.

PG&E to buy Central Valley cow gas:
Web Link

The link above points to an article about PG&E's use of "cow-gas" to generate electricity.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Is this the type of gas that goes in cars? Maybe we should get cow drawn carts and residents can follow them around with bottles to pick up their free droppings.


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Posted by Amazing but true
a resident of Monroe Park
on Feb 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Amazing but true, this is so Palo Alto.

Now I am convinced and this proves it Palo Alto is so full of BS they will now use the by-product of same.

More BS for Palo Alto to save the earth.

.... Can I get cheese with that order?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 20, 2008 at 7:42 am

Just one more instance of running the utility department like a science fair project. We will guarantee an above-market price to the supplier and insulate him against any failures on his part. There are lots of things that can be done but shouldn't be.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 20, 2008 at 9:58 am

This is great news! Palo Alto should corner the market on cow gas and manure!!

If it costs more and smells, it's definitely right for PA. Everything else in Palo Alto already smells... especially the elected leaders who will do anything to be politically correct. In little over a decade, the community will look back and see a number of these green initiatives for what they really are - expensive mistakes.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:03 am

Ask them about the guysers.


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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 20, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I fart a lot. Can I hook up a hose to my rear and get a discount on my utility bill?


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Posted by Jim H
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Oh great - now we're expected to deal with bovine emissions. Doesn't this cuty have better things to do than to deal with Cow (excuse me -) I mean Bull S&*t??? Or is that what they've done all along???


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Posted by Jim H
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Oh - and they're talking about charging MORE for it. If it was such an energy windfall - and helped cure "Global Warming" at the same tine, they should subsidise it.

When do I bring a few cows into my back yard??? My neighbors would really LOVE that...


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Is there a way to 'hook up' the City Council on Monday nights. THAT should generate a lot of
methane emissions!! What will this city think of next? This is another way to make CNN and make the city look silly.


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Posted by Jim H
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I can just see the CNN headline now - "Birthplace of Silicon Valley turns to cow poop for energy". While we were once respected as the cornerstone of genius, we'll now be laughed at worldwide.


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Posted by not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2008 at 8:24 pm

what does one expect with the climate change troika on the city council? No expense will be spared for their pipe dream plus they did a nice " end around" to get that environmental commission ( though they have given it another fancy name).


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Posted by Tom
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm

And now $200,000 plus for Destination Palo Alto. FIX THE STREETS FOR THE REST OF US.
Take care of the people who live here. Stop this pie-in-the-sky nonsense. Another election is two years off - but a recall can happen faster than that.


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Posted by Say It Ain't So, Guys
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Manure gas destination: Palo Alto. The mind boggles.


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