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Biodiesels - Are They The Answer To Our Energy Woes
By: Matthew Hick
Biodiesels may be touted as the answer to all of America's energy problems. But are they? Yes, according to most experts.
-A renewable fuel source.
-A homegrown fuel alterative, freeing the United States from an over-dependence on foreign oil.
What Are Biodiesel Fuels?
Biodiesel is a fuel for cars, trucks and busses, made from fatty acid alkylesters found in vegetable and soybean oil, animal fats and
even recycled restaurant grease. It is safe to handle, safe to store and safe to transport.
What Are Its Benefits.
Used in its pure form (100%), biodiesel is a cleaner burning fuel that not only emits fewer air pollutants itself, but helps reduce
dangerous emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, sulfates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, nitrated aromatic
hydrocarbons and particulate matter, that enter the atmosphere by limiting the use of petroleum.
Scientists now believe that carbon dioxide alone may be one of the main contributing factors to greenhouse gasses linked to the
growing concern over global warming. Using 100% biodiesel fuels could reduce these dangerous greenhouse gasses by a whopping
It's not just the environment that benefits from the use of biodiesels. Humans do to. Biodiesel fuels are better for our lungs and our
hearts, by clearing the air we breathe. It even smells better to burn than diesel smoke. Some have compared it to French fries
Who Can Use Biodiesel Fuel?
Biodiesels are available in some degree to just about everybody. Today, most gasoline stations offer a mixture of 20% biodiesel and
80% petroleum. But more needs to be done to get 100% biodiesel fuels to the consumer. Contrary to popular myth, most vehicles
built after 1994 are already equipped to handl