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Date: 08/23/10 01:30 PM

74 Responses to Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic Into Oil

  1. Profile photo of a1butcher
    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    Link: Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic Into Oil - Real or Fake? If this is for real then what are we waiting for?
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    kendrickwall Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    Uhhh, plastic come from oil!!!!
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    pvj2000 Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    What kind of catalyst is he using?
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    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    can someone explain burning 1kg of plastic makes 3kg of CO2? is that cos it combines with the air?
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    regediT Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Very simple concept
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    champbronc3 Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    Wow this is insane!!

    This is huge!
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    ecstacy911 Female 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    But how much energy is needed to do the conversion. It would probably take a lot to heat up the plastic enough to break it down into oil.
    Nothing`s being done because it`s cheaper, and probably uses less energy, to drill for oil.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    Cool, lets see teh progression!
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    Kodyo Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    Like many new technologies, it may not be economical to implement just yet. If the machine takes 20+ years to pay off, that is not economical. Environmentally friendly, yes; practical, no.
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    bigbangbilly Male 13-17
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    August 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    How about using the oil output to make the electricity that convert plastic into the oil output. Lets hope that in the future there is no stigma of keeping cds or you an put the music in another medium? It could indirectly lead to increaced music pirating (cds are made of plastic).
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    bataleon27 Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    Thats great and all, but surely we should be coming up with renewable energy sources rather than relying on oil in the first place. Also, why not just recycle the plastic to keep a constant stream of plastic goods like we need rather than converting it back into oil only to be (most probably) made back into plastic at some point.
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    Boredered Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    I dont believe it
  13. Profile photo of ingrateful
    ingrateful Male 13-17
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    oh those japanese
  14. Profile photo of skypirate
    skypirate Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm
    isnt plastic made from oil?
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    simim23 Female 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    "can someone explain burning 1kg of plastic makes 3kg of CO2? is that cos it combines with the air?"

    Oil is a hydrocarbon, composed of hydrogen, and carbon.

    When it burns, it releases hydrogen gas, but this combines with the oxygen in the air to form water.

    It also releases carbon into the air, which combines with oxygen in the air to form CO2, or Carbon Dioxide.
  16. Profile photo of yarrrpirate
    yarrrpirate Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    PLASTIC IS MADE FROM OIL!

    PLASTIC IS MADE FROM OIL!

    PLASTIC IS MADE FROM OIL!

    PLASTIC IS MADE FROM OIL!


    There, do we need more comments on this video now? Seriously, sometimes a facepalm isn`t enough.
  17. Profile photo of a1butcher
    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    bataleon27.."Also, why not just recycle the plastic"

    Belive it of not.. it actually takes more energy, over all, to recycle plastic than it takes to make it from scratch.
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    yarrrpirate Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    But, just in case:


  19. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    I won`t put the family vacationon hold just yet...
  20. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    August 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    Hey, did anyone notice that...
    IABers: YES!
    Oh, so, it`s like made of oil eh?
    IABers: WE KNOW!
    Ok, Okie then!
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    CCMA_19 Female 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm
    "Oil is a hydrocarbon, composed of hydrogen, and carbon.
    When it burns, it releases hydrogen gas, but this combines with the oxygen in the air to form water.
    It also releases carbon into the air, which combines with oxygen in the air to form CO2, or Carbon Dioxide."

    More CO2 for the trees to convert into Oxygen!! XD
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    SeaBassEX Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    Thermal depolymerization has been around for years.
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    Max_Normal Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    Monday, August 23, 2010 1:44:42 PM
    "But how much energy is needed to do the conversion. It would probably take a lot to heat up the plastic enough to break it down into oil.
    Nothing`s being done because it`s cheaper, and probably uses less energy, to drill for oil."


    What she said. If this was economically viable we`d be doing it years ago.

    Only useful if comboined with renewable energy. Kinetic energy is probably better off being made into electricity. This could work with heat from a solar furnace or geothermal vent though, so I guess we could ship all the waste plastic to Iceland.
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    bliznik Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    It probably uses a lot more energy than it produces, but it sounds like a good way to recycle CERTAIN kinds of plastics (for example, plastics 2-4). The process is called thermal depolymerization, and can be used for certain kinds of plastics.

    No, plastic isn`t made from oil, but there are certain kinds of plastic that have properties that are similar enough
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    madest Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm
    Give this man a Nobel!
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    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    August 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm
    use all unneeded recycled objects...Make oil...Total profit.
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    ElSombrero Male 13-17
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    August 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm
    Even if this isn`t completely right... goddammit this is the right path!

    We need more people like him in charge!
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    razlem Male 13-17
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    August 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm
    Bet it`s terribly inefficient. But hey, we have fields of plastic we can use.
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    NitroJunkie Male 70 & Over
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    August 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    It`s not new. Machines like this have been around for a few years. Not just plastic, but just about anything organic.
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    taelmx Female 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm
    it seems similar to distilling basically...
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    green_batman Female 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm
    It might not be efficient, but the oil output isn`t the big draw here. It`s the fact that we can recycle plastic, a substance that normally crowds our landfills and takes centuries to biodegrade. The fact that it can be more efficiently recycled with a machine like this means that we might be able to make better use of our land.
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    mogman45 Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm
    some plastics are chemically crosslinked, which takes higher temperature to uncross than the ignition (burning) temperature of plastics. You`re likely to get burnt plastic than the refined oil.
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    SidOfOdin Male 13-17
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    August 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm
    Correct me if I`m wrong, but aren`t most plastics made from oil in the first place?
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    GiveChase Female 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm
    If it`s real, what are we waiting for? Money. Because we are a greedy species and would rather have a tonne of money than less important things, like life.
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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    This is almost as amazing as turning oil into plastic...Oh wait...
  36. Profile photo of Fml
    Fml Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm
    Aparently from the picture at 3:27 the machine can also levitate!!!
  37. Profile photo of agamemnon
    agamemnon Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    That`s nothing. I can convert origami into small squares of paper.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    That would be some carcinogen filled oil!
  39. Profile photo of sparrowpants
    sparrowpants Female 13-17
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    August 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    PLASTICS ARE MADE *FROM* OIL, YOU IGNORANT NINCOMPOOPS.
  40. Profile photo of green_batman
    green_batman Female 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm
    sparrowpants: I know that plastic is made from oil. The reason why it is so important that this can turn it back into oil is that plastic tends to pick up contaminants which make it hard to recycle. Not to mention that some plastics cannot be easily reshaped once they are initially shaped. So the plastics like that which can`t be easily recycled just end up in landfills. Being able to turn them back into oil means that the oil can either be burned or turned into plastic again, allowing the plastic to be recycled, rather than thrown away.
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    Asspenny Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    Did people not watch the video? He clearly says that they are going to turn plastics BACK into oil. He explains, albeit briefly, that the majority of plastics are processed from oil. Someone said about it being useful in recycling which is true as well as removing a significant chunk of a home`s solid waste.
  42. Profile photo of Baelzar
    Baelzar Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2010 at 8:51 pm
    It won`t be long until landfills are little gold mines.

    Plastics, metals, circuit boards...when it becomes worthwhile, they`ll be there waiting for us.

    Recycling? Not worth the energy it burns.
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    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm
    why isnt this all over the news? if it was real wouldnt it be all over the news?

    and yes, plastics ARE made from oil but a VERY VERY small amount of oil and its heavily refined. if you can reverse it you are not going to get "oil" you`ll get the refined oil that was used to make the platics.
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    DOR Male 50-59
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    August 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm
    The only question that matters is how much energy he is putting in, and how much might come from the resulting oil. My guess is a net loss.
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    jak22 Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    OHMYFKINGOD its just like the docs car in back to the future 2. F"k yes, japan.
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    kribbe Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 10:57 pm
    well it`s not impossible
  47. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2010 at 11:01 pm
    The problems with melting plastics is it can release dioxins, bisphenol A, adipates and phthalates, All toxins. Also notice he never mentions how much electricity it takes.

    I wouldn`t call this a wonder invention just yet.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm
    vv With Crakr on this one. Note that it takes heat to condense the hydrocarbons back from the plastic, as he plugged the machine into the power socket in the wall. How many barrels of oil (or even worse, pounds of coal) did he burn at the local power plant down the road to power his immersion heater, to make a saucer of oil?

    Conservation of Energy, people. One of the most basics laws of physics. Every time you convert, some energy is lost. There`s no conspiracy going on, if it made sense, we`d have done it decades ago. People are entrepreneurial like that.

    NEXT!
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    Aquaeous Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 12:00 am
    Of course it`s entirely possible, but the 2nd law of thermodynamics requires you to put more energy in to make the conversion from plastic to oil, than you would get back out from having oil again.

    Entropy, bitches.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 12:14 am
    Second Law of Thermodynamics, b*tches
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    Bioshocker Male 13-17
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    August 24, 2010 at 12:54 am
    Is plastic not made from oil anyways? Fail, this is like a machine that freezes your water and then liquefies it again!
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    eskimo9 Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 2:20 am
    Ok, so yes it takes more energy to melt plastic than you would get from the oil. But what percentage is retained? Suppose 80% of energy is conserved. Then maybe it`s worth the 20% to turn landfill into useful energy, no? You`ve a) kept the streets nicer and b) effectively removed the enviro-babble released by either burning plastic or letting it degrade in nature.
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    stephenob16 Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 2:36 am
    I agree, I think you guys below were missing the point. Its not a source of perpetual energy, its just a way to keep the plastic out of landfills, using it as oil that would have been burned anyway, whether this machine had been invented or not.
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    aseirinn Male 70 & Over
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    August 24, 2010 at 3:03 am
    someday,old landfills will be mined by future gererations...you can see it comming
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    Byfield Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Plastic is made from crude oil. This machine simply makes it less dense...
  56. Profile photo of eskimo9
    eskimo9 Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 4:09 am
    "someday, old landfills will be mined by future generations"

    No, they will be dug up as archaeological sites, but the only things in the landfill would be the crap no one now wants, and future-people will think we all like... I dunno, what`s something really really terrible?
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    Trumple07 Male 13-17
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    August 24, 2010 at 4:13 am
    And I wonder how much oil is needed for the electricity to run that...
  58. Profile photo of MrNathann
    MrNathann Male 30-39
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    August 24, 2010 at 6:22 am
    Um...Plastic is made from oil...
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    August 24, 2010 at 6:56 am
    Let me take this oil product and show you how to make oil.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 24, 2010 at 7:33 am
    davymid: There are several plastic recycling plants here in the USA, But the cost comes in sorting out all the different types, right now it has to be done by hand. Sorting through it, At a plant, Is a dirty smelly job most Americans don`t want to do, So the labor costs are rather high. The only thing that keeps these plants operational (profitable) are continued government grants. Most of the recycling plants do use the gasses from the melting plastics to help fuel the generators though.

    What is done with the toxins from that process ? I don`t know, I`ve not been able to discover a decent answer to that question as of yet.
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    gatorade777 Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 7:34 am
    I`d like to believe this but I think it`s fake and designed so people don`t throw away their trash but hold onto it. He was putting aluminum, Styrofoam and other stuff in there not just plastic.
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    kilroy5555 Male 30-39
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    August 24, 2010 at 10:40 am
    For my next trick, I will turn kool aid into plain water.
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    Kurogan7 Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 11:17 am
    Holy crap, its japanese Alec Baldwin!
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    ubfwins Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    yall are haters, anyone know how to make it? kinda interested in making one
  65. Profile photo of alpensepp
    alpensepp Male 70 & Over
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    August 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm
    since plastic is made out of oil. this isnt a big surprise.
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    slayer50515 Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    "I`d like to believe this but I think it`s fake and designed so people don`t throw away their trash but hold onto it. He was putting aluminum, Styrofoam and other stuff in there not just plastic."
    I would suspect that it simply does not melt and produce a gas that would contain the gas they are filtering into oil. However, I have my doubts as well.
    I`ll add it to my favorites and watch closely.
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    shizzamX Female 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 7:45 pm
    not even going to watch this. most plastic is made from oil.
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    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm
    WOW! Something that makes sense and could be very convenient AND easy to use?! Won`t expect to see it in america because we seem to be a nation founded on not making sense.
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    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm
    To all you people saying "plastic is made of oil".

    THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS.
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    shappy Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2010 at 10:48 pm
    been real since plastic was invented. NEXT!
  71. Profile photo of AlienExpress
    AlienExpress Male 18-29
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    August 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    so we convert oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil... how many times can we do this
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    Jammacan Female 13-17
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    August 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm
    I agree with xtreme_dude. That is all.
  73. Profile photo of Pluupy
    Pluupy Female 18-29
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    August 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm
    @xtreme_dude

    Where is this country you live in that seems to be made from sense? I didn`t realize one existed.
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    phatwood Male 30-39
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    August 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm
    I have a machine that converts paper into trees...Lol. If this is even true, I`m sure it requires far more energy to convert the plastic, than the energy created by the oil produced. This is a waste of resouces. Why don`t we utilize hemp and eliminate petro-chemicals all together.

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