Biodiesel Evangelists Bumped By Fuel's Future

More than 300 people showed up to learn about and spread the virtues of vegetable oil as fuel at the Third Annual Northwest Biodiesel Forum.

Published: 21-Mar-2005

The distinctive rattle of diesel engines filled a parking lot outside a Seattle neighborhood center yesterday, but the exhaust smelled more like popcorn than the usual smoky stench.

Boosters of such sweet-smelling — some would say odorless — rigs filled the basement of the community center at Phinney Ridge for the third annual Northwest Biodiesel Forum. More than 300 people showed up to learn about and spread the virtues of vegetable oil as fuel.

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made primarily from vegetable or animal oils. In the United States, the most common source is soybean oil. Waste vegetable oil (left over from deep fryers) also can be used, according to Aaron Kahn of Northwest Biodiesel Network, who helped organize yesterday's event.

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