Fill ‘Er Up With The Lavender

Dec 30, 2002
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Biodiesel has many advantages and one large disadvantage when compared to petroleum-based diesel fuels. That one disadvantage, prices about 30 percent higher, is the only factor limiting the widespread use of biodiesel in personal vehicles and fleets that use petroleum diesel fuel.

According to an Associated Press report found on the web site for the Omaha World-Herald, biodiesel is “a pollution-reducing fuel gleaned from restaurant grease or the oil of crops such as soybeans.” Biodiesel, say its proponents, can extend the life of a vehicle’s engine, increase the miles traveled per gallon all the while making the air cleaner to breathe.

Another major advantage is that it reduces the nation’s need for petroleum-based fuel. It does not eliminate the need. Commercially sold fuel is 80 percent petroleum-based diesel and 20 percent biodiesel.

Yokayo Biofuels, Ukiah, California is considering adding essential oils to its biodiesel so that a vehicle’s exhaust would emit the smell of lavender, rosemary, sage or other pleasant fragrance.

Moderator’s Comment: What are your thoughts on biodiesel
and what, if anything, should retailers, manufacturers and related transportation/logistics
companies be doing to speed its acceptance in the commercial and consumer markets?

When we first saw this story, we thought what a great
way for BP to demonstrate that it has, indeed, gone beyond petroleum. It would
be a major public relations coup if the petroleum chain sold biodiesel at all
its stations. Of course, it would also have to run its own fleet on the fuel
to demonstrate a real commitment to the environment. The good news is that this
action alone should help drive down the cost of filling up.
Anderson – Moderator

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