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Hey Josh, are you a chemist?


Mr. Josh Laufer is thanked for his comments about biodiesel ("It's not about combustion," Letters, June 9-16) and assumes my lack of understanding of the recycling of the combustion products involved.

My comments were limited to the claims of producing less pollution.

Maybe the editors of New Times should have appended my background as a Ph.D. in chemistry and being ordained as a Chartered Chemist by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, making it clear to the readers comments were made with complete understanding of the various attendant full impacts.

To wit, it takes far greater time to bring the plant to maturity to recycle all the greenhouse gases spewed by the combustion process. One must deal with the intervening time of polluted environment.


Brahama D. Sharma

Pismo Beach

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