To show what a terrible person I am, I’m highlighting this story of burning bunnies: here. And confessing, it makes me giggle.
To understand why I think it’s funny, you’d have to be in my head. But if I can, I’ll draw a picture.
It’s also the juxtaposition of something that’s presented in such a horrible way (burning bunnies?) but is actually so ridiculous as to be suspect. I mean, really, how much fuel can you get from bunnies? I know Sweden’s a low-population country, but it’s also a damn cold one. You’d probably have to burn ten bunnies an hour just to stave off hypothermia.
Now, if you read the article, there’s a distinct scolding going on there at well. The photo caption, for example, reads “Many of the bunnies used for biofuel were once pets, a pest control worker said.”
Ahhh, now we get to the meat of it. As it were.
This is somebody official obliquely scolding people for abandoning pets by threatening them with a horrible death. (You have to kill animals if you care about them, apparently.) Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d seriously challenge whether the investment of energy used in hunting, shooting, skinning/gutting/whatever, rendering the fat, turning the fat to bio-diesel can be recouped significantly by said diesel.
But some of you more science-minded guys can put me some knowledge here if I’m wrong.