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July 18, 2006

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Zinedine

I think that is really cool. I wonder if they have had any warranty issues with using biodiesel in their cars.

Zinedine

I think that is really cool. I wonder if they have had any warranty issues with using biodiesel in their cars.

Rich Clark

For what it’s worth: About six years ago, I attended a biodiesel seminar out of curiosity. At the time I was driving an ‘81 Honda Civic and was amazed to find out that I could make my own fuel for less than a dollar a gallon. All I really needed was a car with a diesel engine. Eventually I bought such a car; an ‘85 VW Golf diesel, started collecting waste vegetable oil from a local burger joint to make the fuel to run it. More recently, I decided to go one step further in the direction of biofuels by converting the engine to run on straight vegetable oil (SVO). This has worked well. Start the engine on biodiesel and when it reaches operating temperature, switch to SVO. Imagine that, pay nothing for fuel and green the planet as well. It is truly a revelation to consider that nearly all the other cars on the road have to pay for their fuel and I don’t. Nearly all of them are adding new carbon to the air and I’m carbon-neutral. Tends to make one feel smug and superior. Anyway, the experience has me thinking that instead of retrofitting an old clunker, new cars could be made this way as a biofuel option. Have car companies add the appropriate hardware to the engines on the assembly line, and have recycled vegetable oil pumps added to the fuel choices at filling stations. Then all of the waste vegetable oil from millions of restaurant deep fat fryers would be recycled into transportation fuel instead of being made into cosmetics or animal feed. Completely do-able, except for the lack of oil company profits.

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