Remember the blog when I discussed the true worries of a Zombie Apocalypse? How all the chemicals, waste and nuclear product would eventually come back to bite us in the ass sometime after the management services fail – and not in a good way.
Well, there is an upside. Think about all the articles you have read about E. coli outbreaks; the upside of E. coli apparently is that it produces propane, and the good thing about that is that it can be used to run cars and other machinery that currently run on petrol or diesel. This is set to replace fossil fuels in the next 5 to 10 years. Roll on propane is all I can say!
Speaking of which, maybe it would be a good idea to position your ZA camp near a sewage farm, offering easy access to plenty of the precious stuff that can produce more than one by-product of value to your community. Methane is the obvious outcome, put loads of s-h-1-t in a barrel, stopper the top and lead the gas outlet to a make-shift, column-guided gas holder. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? It wouldn’t be too hard a challenge, like one of those scrap-heap challenges really. Use the methane collected to boil water, to make steam, to power a vehicle. Piece of cake!
On the other hand, if you can produce propane, it becomes a little more interesting and a little less Meet The Flintstones. Cars have already been converted to propane, and can run corrected combustion engines on the gas. When the zombies pop up, find yourself a car with the little green symbol next to the fuel cap (you can see it easily as long as you aren’t running like there’s a zombie on your tail) and you’re in business.
One little snagette, they aren’t sure how the propane is created by the bacteria at this point. The work is being done by the Imperial College, London University; no doubt they will licence it to the petrochemical companies who will keep the formula secret from the world (remember Chain Reaction with Keanu Reeves? He tried to hand over a formula to the public that would serve the people without them getting reamed by big business – fat chance, you say). That means that unless the formula becomes public domain, and how hard can it be getting bacteria to produce gas anyway (insert smiley face here), then we’ll have to go Flintstones on any vehicle we want to use when fossil fuels become unusable, and they will because of the addition of ethanol that apparently saved the planet from harmful greenhouse gases!
Books by the Author – available worldwide on all good eBook stores:
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle (first in Trilogy)
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle – Cabin Fever (second in Trilogy)
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle – Dez Rez (Third in Trilogy)
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle Trilogy – three books in one
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle – Z Factor
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