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New energy process has Australia flush with power

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Posted at 11:15 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 00:15:18-05

This morning's Question of the Day: Let me preface it by saying this is not toilet humor.

In Australia, they've begun turning human waste into energy at a wastewater treatment plant.

That plant costing $17 million, but it is expected to be carbon neutral by 2022.

So when folks there flush, their waste is now part of a high-tech process producing electricity.

It's called -- gasification -- and that's where they get the power on.

Critics say it could be bad for the environment and have microplastics, and other substances that could wind up back in the food chain.

So what do you think? Would you be willing to shell out your tax dollars for this? And would you be OK with crews turning your waste into electricity?