Biodiesel: In-Your-Face to OPEC

Nations that switch to alternatives such as biodiesel before the world finally pumps the last gallon of primordial ooze out of the planet are going to find the transition a lot easier.

Published: 26-Jan-2005

Consumers who begrudge paying Middle East oil interests for diesel oil and heating oil have a clean, safe and domestic alternative in biodiesel. It doesn't involve drilling. It's actually better for engines, and it works in any engine that uses diesel fuel. It burns cleanly, and it is produced from crops grown in the fields of our Midwest.

People such as Marc Barnes, who uses biodiesel exclusively in his Philomath business, are concerned that the slowness with which biodiesel is gaining public acceptance might be rooted in the idea that switching to biodiesel would be tantamount to supporting some sort of liberal agenda. However, its supporters include a certain former Texas oilman who recently was sworn into his second term in office.

President Bush signed into law a bill that includes a two-year tax incentive on B20 biodiesel — a mixture that is only one-fifth biodiesel and four-fifths diesel.
It would be even better if more people bought — and at least a few more sold — the B100 form of biodiesel, which is made primarily from soybeans or canola and palm oil. However, to get this stuff now, you have to drive to Portland and Eugene.


The D1 Lola B2K is only capable of 200mph, some 15mph slower than its petrol-powered competitors, but Lola hopes that, as it will need fewer pit stops to refuel, it could be quick overall.


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