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GM of GO Media. Managing Editor and Former Lead Writer.
Clayton B. Cornell has been covering biofuels for the network since the beginning of 2007. He became a biofuel enthusiast in 2005 after experimenting with small-scale biodiesel production at Oregon State University. There he helped in the design and construction of biodiesel facility intended to convert waste cafeteria oil into fuel, for use in OSU campus vehicles.
Clayton also has extensive hands-on experience with diesel cars and trucks, including the practical use of biodiesel and straight-vegetable-oil (SVO) as alternative fuels. He’s personally converted 2 diesel trucks to run on straight vegetable oil, and for 2 years recycled used cooking oil from a local restaurant to power the first truck: a 1982 Datsun 720. He still owns a Canadian 1987 Toyota diesel pickup truck, but hasn’t used it since moving to San Francisco.
Clayton is now most interested in the electrification of transportation, and continues to cover the topic on Gas 2.0 as time allows.
Clayton has an Honors B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Utah. He also studied graduate level Toxicology for his work at Oregon State. On the side, Clayton likes to spend his time at the beach or in the mountains.
With an undergraduate degree in Geology from Beloit College, a Master’s in Crop and Soil Science from Oregon State University, and official certification as a Professional Soil Scientist, Nick likes to imagine that he may know some things about this crazy world in which we live… although he would be the first to admit that this is freely up for debate.
He currently works for the Oregon Department of Agriculture as a budget-is-tight-give-it-to-Nick-cause-he’ll-like-it jack-of-all-trades. In previous incarnations Nick has been a pesticide researcher, a pavement design specialist, an advertising industry cog, and a corporate plant waterer. At the Oregon Department of Agriculture Nick has been heavily involved in spearheading efforts to find ways to convert the leftover waste straw from the 500,000 acres of grass seed grown in the Willamette Valley each year into cellulosic ethanol.
Nick currently resides in Corvallis, Oregon and he may not know what the future holds, but he sure as heck enjoys a good homebrew.
Jerry James Stone
Jerry is an environmental writer who covers green tech, design and odd green news. And while he doesn’t own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. He’s a contributing writer for both TreeHugger and Planet Green. His other green ramblings can be found at Mother Nature Network and Care2. He also writes to the local San Francisco blog SFist.
His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper, Mustang Daily.
Christopher DeMorro is a simple soul who likes complicated things. His first love was a 1969 Mercury Cougar, “the gentleman’s muscle car”, and he spent his first years as a gear head under the hood, periodically blowing the motor so he could start wrenching all over again. He soon realized that there wasn’t much of a difference between his 40 year old motor and the cars of today, sparking an interest in alternative fuels and future modes of transportation. He also realized that just because you’re green, doesn’t mean you can’t go fast.
Chris believes that gear heads and green heads can coexist, and the performance potential in electric and bio-diesel vehicles offers exciting prospects for the future. He sees real innovation coming from backyard mechanics and garage inventors. He is still waiting to start his first “green” project car, although an old turbo-bio-diesel Mercedes stripped to the core with some meaty slicks sounds awful appealing…
Chris graduated with a B.A in English and a minor in Journalism from Central Connecticut State University. When he isn’t writing, he is spending time outdoors hiking and trespassing, because after all, only the best places are off-limits.
Joanna began her career as a budding environmental crusader, before it was cool, only to become sidetracked by her infatuation with all things renewable energy. When not writing for Gas2, she writes for DomesticFuel and dabbles in energy communications.
Joanna has degrees in Environmental Science and Journalism from Iowa State as well as a Master’s in Technological Communications. In order to convince herself that her education out-valued her college loans, she taught for a year at Iowa State and for four years at Grandview College.
She is currently touring the country in various types of alternative cars and test-driving cities for future habitation.
Photo Credit (top): Clayton B. Cornell