The Walking Dead had its ninth season premiere on Sunday. The season opener had us following the usual gang of misfits as they rifled around for supplies in Washington D.C. The series has given us plenty of questions over the years, but finally, they seem to have answered one of the most pressing ones: how they've managed to have what seems like an unlimited supply of gas for cars and motorcycles during the zombie apocalypse.
In the opening of the episode, we see all of the dying corn at the Saviors' Sanctuary being turned into ethanol. Then we even see Daryl working on one of his motorcycles to make it run even better on the homemade fuel. It's, perhaps, a little overly simplistic, but at least we now have an explanation for the series moving forward. A sceptical Bill Bradley, a writer for the Huffington Post, got in touch with Harvey Blanch, an ethanol expert from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at U.C. Berkeley.
Blanch told him...
"The answer is yes. This turns out to be one of the projects the Department of Energy has funded for years, which is how to convert cellulosic material like corn stalks and corn husks, the leaves and so on, and break them down either by acid or enzymes into sugars, glucose and then ferment that glucose into ethanol. So it’s absolutely feasible. You could certainly run cars on that. That’s what Henry Ford did in the 1920s."
People were here for the explanation.
People had been sitting with this question for a long time.
People had their own theories as to the seemingly unlimited supplies.
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