Biodiesel 'Good' For Georgia, Official Say

Georgia produces one billion pounds of animal fats and vegetable oils that can be converted to biodiesel fuels, according to report.

Published: 03-Jan-2004

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A study by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development explored the possibility of producing cleaner-burning diesel fuels from cooking oils and animal fats, a product called "biodiesel."

It's a good choice for Georgia, said center director John McKissick, because the state is a leader in poultry and vegetable oil production. When other animal fats are added in, the state generates 1 billion pounds of these products annually.

The study found that biodiesel could not yet compete with the cost of producing diesel fuel, but the cost difference is so small that it could be managed by state subsidies or the elimination of state taxes on this "home-grown" fuel.

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