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Burning bodies

December 10th, 2009 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

The headline on the Argus website is “Sussex crematoriums to generate electricity” but the full URL for the story is

I think I have a fairly rational, science-based readership here so I probably don’t need to labour the point about all the total point-missing in the story and comments.   Suffice to say, they are not burning bodies for fuel.  I am no expert in cremation science but it seems pretty obvious that corpses are not a source of fuel – otherwise we would not need furnaces.  The amount of energy put into cremation far outweighs any that might be gained.  All this machinery does is recover some of the energy that is put in.

Granted, it does sound macabre.

Very surprised the headline didn’t make it onto one of the famous Argus advertising boards.

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