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The U.S. Naval research Lab 's Building 72. (Photo/Image provided courtesy of the Naval Research Laboratory.) The U.S. Naval research Lab ‘s Building 72.
(Photo/Image provided courtesy of the Naval Research Laboratory.)

As the source for almost all things, the ocean may just be where we find solutions to climate change as well.  This past spring the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced that it had developed a process to extract carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas from the ocean and convert it into fuel-like molecules. This process could eventually fuel Navy jets and help provide energy independence for our military.

While this development flew mostly under the radar when announced, it opens the door for big possibilities. Turning seawater into fuel could one day help reduce our nation’s dependence on oil and our carbon footprint to steer us towards a more sustainable future. With ocean’s accounting for 96.5 percent of the 71 percent of the earth’s water this new energy option is abundant and available.

Today, we hear from Dr. Heather Willauer, a…

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