With oil at $75 a barrel, wouldn't this be an ideal solution right now?
Imagine how many millions of tons of livestock waste are produced each year. Now imagine that we fed it all back into creating energy for our country instead of clogging landfills. Imagine if we did the same thing with waste plastic. Agricultural remains. Old tires, maybe--don't know if they could go in there as well.
Thermal Conversion is an idea whose time has come. Imagine if $15 billion dollar subsidies went to this instead of to Exxon.