I don’t know about you but it seems wrong not to take full advantage of a fuel that is made right here in the USA, creates jobs and opportunities in our communities and burns up to 80% cleaner than petroleum diesel. Sounds like the PERFECT fuel for any Diesel rig I have ever seen and all I would ever use to heat my home! Watch that clock above and imagine a fraction of that money from those almost uncountable barrels of oil going back into our communities rather than off to some massive oil company or foreign country never to be seen again.
That Is Envirocommunomics!
Imagine in 2011, the U.S. imported 4.1 billion barrels of petroleum accounting for 60% of the U.S. supply. The total cost of those imports was $453.6 billion. That represents an increase in cost of 34.6% over 2010 and a whopping increase of 71.8% over 2009.
Domestically produced Biodiesel is made through a chemical process which converts the oils and fats we refer to as feedstocks into a true chemical equivalent of diesel not simply cleaned vegetable oil with solvents added. Biodiesel is intended to be used as a replacement for petroleum diesel fuel, or can be blended with petroleum diesel fuel in any proportion. It can be used in almost all diesel engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. Biodiesel is a domestically produced resource and a community based resource. Rudolph Diesel’s first engine was powered by peanut oil and he stated in a 1912 speech that “the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time.”
With nearly one third of our nations debt being to foreign oil we think it is more than important at this time. With CO2 emissions impacting our entire planet it may be our only time to initiate real change. In all cases with $4.00+ per gallon prices, a slow economic recovery period and a real need for us all to initiate change right in our own communities, it is certainly time for us to do all we can to BE the change in any way we can.
An excellent document on myths and facts about biodiesel can be found HERE.