When I stepped out of the car, I immediately got my first whiff of Biodiesel. I volunteered at the PrairieFire Biofuels Coop shop on numerous occasions and that smell is ingrained in my memory. I couldn't help but smile and talk excitedly to the business owner, Abraham, about my experience with Biodiesel. Why am I so passionate about it? I'll tell you..
A. No oil and no war required to make Biodiesel.
B. You can cut down on your greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 80 percent with B100 Biodiesel.
C. The oils they use are waste products from domestic farms that make other things, like food for human and animal consumption, glycerin for cosmetics, and oil for cooking.
D. Any diesel engine can run on Biodiesel...no conversions required!
E. Biodiesel is more corrosive than Petrol Diesel which means it will clean out your engine (and not leave gunky residue buildup) and it lubricates the engine to help it run smoother, quieter and more efficiently.
F. Sure, it costs money to make Biodiesel and you have to use precious farm resources to grow the crops that make the oil, but it's a step in the right direction towards reducing our dependency on oil. Trust me, I'm all over a solar powered car or an electric hybrid that can be charged using electricity made from wind or solar.
G. Finally, soy bean prices are what determines the price of Biodiesel, not oil. Just last week, it was $2.99 a gallon compared to $3.99 or more at most pumps for diesel. Even if it cost more than "dino-diesel", I'd still pay for it.
H. Sorry, one more thing. I get nearly 50 mpg. That's right. Uh huh.
Ok, now that I've thoroughly convinced you to tell all your friends to use Biodiesel (if they have a diesel engine vehicle), let's get down to business. A bumper sticker! I had a great one from PrairieFire that said "Biodiesel Powered" and I always got lots of compliments and questions. After I moved back to Texas, though, I couldn't find a convenient source for Biodiesel and I started to feel like a hypocrite, so I took it down. Now that I am confident in my ability to always have B99 in my car, I need a new bumper sticker! Vote on your favorite below by making a comment to the blog...