Learning the Hard Truth About Cheap Biodiesel

In Colorado, it’s easy to find biodiesel distributors in major cities along the Front Range. We recently fueled up in Fort Collins, and were pleased to find that the cost of biodiesel was more reasonable than ever. It was about nine cents higher per gallon than regular diesel, but not as bad as the last time we went looking for it.

But my joy at the cheap price quickly disappeared a few days later, when I read the latest news about the biodiesel industry’s assault on the rain forest and orangutans. As oil prices rise, the industry is  accelerating rain forest destruction, just to grow the palm trees needed to produce this alternative to oil. Manufactured biodiesel is now as morally corrupt as anything big oil manufactures, if not worse.

I used to be a real believer in biodiesel. But these recent relevations are just so depressing. From now on, we’ll only be purchasing biodiesel if it’s made from 100 percent waste oil, or we’re making it ourselves.

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10 Responses to “Learning the Hard Truth About Cheap Biodiesel”

  1. What’s Brian’s Ranch?….It’s a fellow that has some property “for sale” close to Fort Collins. He has a website called rv-boondocking-the-good-life.com.

  2. MMmmm Fort Collins…. Did you guys go and have a look at Brians ranch??..Sounds like there is alot of room for a 5th wheel there.

  3. Eric Auckerman July 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm Reply

    There are a lot of good intentions with regard to fuel alternatives but the ultimate will be when our vehicles run on none other than a product I’m currently developing, it’s called “Ptomaine Propane”.

    It works like this, first you tear out your vehicle’s current set of seats and replace with the patented “Ptomaine hi-backs” as I call them. The cycle begins with human dung being dropped (you can even do this while driving, ask friends to show their solidarity by taking your vehicle for a spin after coffee) into a processing engine whereby human waste and gases are trapped in a one-way pipe that continues to refine and concentrate all of the collected elements into a highly volitile form.

    Through various means of accelerated processing the gases soon become explosive enough to be channeled into your engine and viola, you’re driving a porta-potty that thumbs it’s stinky nose at double-hulled tankers from Valdez. The more you eat the more fuel you produce, bottom line (so to speak) everyone in the US becomes their own closed-cycle refinery; you could almost say you’d be sitting on a gold mine.

    Burritos and certain soy-based meat substitutes have proven to be the fastest traveling meals through the human digestive tract so if your tank is starting to get low on fuel then belly up and sup cause if you don’t start passin’ then you ain’t a gassin’. I also plan to sell a specially formulated laxative to expedite matters as this will offer a gentle nudge for the more spontaneous drivers among us.

    The exhaust won’t be of French fries or clam strips, but it will give pause to those in the Middle East whose monopoly on our addiction to fossil fuels has gone on too long.

    Just in case you’re interested in learning more about this project, the company name is Ptomaine Upstarts or P.U. Industries.

    I thank you for your time and if you could, please pass me a second helping of that cauliflower…

    Enrico strikes again!

    Aloha Jim and Rene – Eric.

  4. There is so much more that bio diesel can be made from!

    • I know, it’s just crazy. It’s a bummer that biodiesel is getting a bad rap from the megaconglomerates who are manufacturing it en masse.

      It’s so easy to make in your own backyard, if the average idiot can do it with waste oil, why can’t these bigger companies figure something out that won’t kill off what’s left of the rain forest?

    • Thanks Mike, great clip. I would love to have a grease car someday. The logistics of turning our Dodge into a greaser isn’t something that’s gonna happen. Till then we’ll work towards setting up a biodiesel refinery in our future garage.

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