Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wake Up & Smell the Biodiesel

This morning, my husband & I heard our neighbor starting up his car, put down our cups of coffee & ran down the stairs in our pajamas so we could smell the exhaust. No, we're not THAT desperate for a high (ummmm ... ask us later when it's 8pm & our daughter's cranky but still won't settle down & go to sleep). You see, our neighbor finally traded in his ancient Honda for an equally ancient Mercedes retro-fitted for biodiesel & we were wondering if biodiesel lives up to the hype.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, "Biodiesel (mono alkyl esters) is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as vegetable oils." I have also heard that the exhaust smells like french fries. Actually, our neighbor's exhaust turned out to barely have any odor at all -- a good thing. Our neighbor is happy with the mileage he gets, as well as the gas prices -- at $3.05 per gallon as of yesterday, it costs a bit less than a tank full of regular & these costs definitely add up.

Biodiesel fuel is readily available to locals from Rotten Robbie's gas station on Mirabel Road in Forestville & can be used with little or no modification to vehicles which currently run on diesel fuel. If you currently use diesel fuel, help spread the word with a biodiesel bumper sticker.

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