Everybody's Talkin' Bout Oil, Oil, Oil.
Well did you know? - there are a plethora of locally produced, vegetable-based transportation fuels available in the United States today. We like BIOFUELS for 4 great reasons:
1) Biofuels help eliminate more greenhouse gases than the best hybrid car
2) Biofuels could potentially stabilize at-the-pump prices in US fuel markets
3) Using American-grown Biofuels strengthens the American Farm economy
4) Using American-grown Biofuels eliminates the necessity of importing fuel from other nations, AND lessens the impacts of a looming "peak oil" economy
What Are We Talkin' Bout?
Biofuels: Ethanol & Biodiesel are rapidly gaining popularity as great, all-weather, workhorse automotive fuels. They are easily applicable & readily available. In fact, the Ethanol industry is already mature (bringing in about $6 Billion a year in the US), and Biodiesel is coming on as a quick & trendy, do it yourself, Ready-Made-magazine, kind of project.
What's The Big Deal?
Ethanol (a cleaner burning gasoline) & Biodiesel (a cleaner burning diesel fuel) are sourced from everyday vegetable oils such as: corn, soy, peanut, & sorghum. This is not pie in the sky stuff. The use of these vegetable oils literally replaces the use of dirty petroleum oils in your engines & fuel tanks. Since the United States already leads the world in vegetable crop production, our nation is primed to expand the offerings of these fuels to its citizens. Once more, Biofuel technology & infrastructure already exist & are well-proven around the world. As a matter of fact... the first DIESEL engine, invented by Rudolph Diesel in 1895, ran exclusively on peanut oil...
Low content Ethanol gasolines such as "E10" (10% ethanol based) are ready for use in virtually any standard car or truck. And - here's more good news - every major auto manufacturer in the world makes several models of "Flex Fuel Vehicles" (FFVs). If you have an FFV -- you may not know it, but your car or truck may already be suited to use even higher content Ethanol blends such as "E85" (85% Ethanol-based gasoline) or "E100" (100% Ethanol-based gasoline). Potential FFVs available today include select Ford Explorers, Mercedes C240s, & Nissan Titan Trucks, among many others.
Vegetable-Based Diesel Fuel
And then there's "Biodiesel" - what the heck does that mean? Well some people think it's fun. Maybe that's because you can make it at home. Or maybe it's because once you buy the $3500 biodiesel-making machine, you could spend as little as $.70 a gallon making biodiesel for the rest of your life! ... At any rate, the majority of ALL diesel vehicles on the road today are "B100" compliant (meaning 100% vegetable oil ready) with no major modifications required. 2005's Biodiesel vehicles include such models as: the Volkswagen Jetta, the Chrysler Jeep Liberty, & the Chevy Silverado.
Make Your Own
For more info about how to MAKE BIODIESEL YOURSELF, please view bottom of page.
So, Wait a Minute.. Why Isn't America Already Doing This?
Well, we are -- in comparatively small quantity. Hundreds of millions of gallons of Ethanol are being produced every year in major production facilities for use in the "grain states." Numerous gas stations across the Midwest already offer an E10 pump to their customers. Why, even in oil-rich Texas, you can fill up with B20, (see a link to "BioWillie" below). The phenomenon of biofuels is spreading.
Do They Work?
Years of on the job testing have proven that biofuels maintain torque, power & all that Chevy-Truck stuff. Once more, because these fuels burn cleaner they keep your engine and fuel lines better maintained, IMPROVE your engine's fuel economy, (& create drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions). Biodiesel & Ethanol fuels are able to withstand high interior heat loads, are proven to perform well in all types of weather, and do not inhibit your vehicle's speed or power.
--> THE GOOD NEWS: A cleaner future is here. Biofuels are vegetable oil-based transportation fuels that strengthen our domestic economy, improve our health, and greatly enhance the sustainability of our collective future. "All we need is Corn."
What Can I Do?
The next step is consumer awareness. After that, demand for these more economically sound fuels is imminent. Please share this newsletter with your friends & please feel free to contact us anytime with your questions.
For More Info On BioFuels, Check Out These Links:
***HOT LINKS CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE***
clean cities: http://www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/mission.html
clean school buses for kids: http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/
complete list of ethanol-ready vehicles: http://www.ethanol.org/ACEFFVs.htm
complete list of biodiesel-ready vehicles: http://www.metaefficient.com/metaefficient/archives/biodiesel/biodiesel-vehicles.html
>>>THIS JUST IN: (7/4/05)
Are There Issues with Ethanol?
Our friends over at BASIC (Big Apple Solar Installation Comittment -- www.basicsolar.org) have "hipped us" to the idea that mass market application of Ethanol may have serious environmental repercussions. We were not aware of these charges when the above article was published. Please check the link below, The Smell of Spin, for an excellent overview of the environmental issues, which loom regarding commercially produced Ethanol. However, the plot thickens... we've also come across a link, which is counter to the idea that Ethanol wastes more energy than it produces. Check out "Argonne National Labs" at the bottom of this page for more info.
As far as we can tell, the outcome of an Ethanol-powered fuel economy remains unclear at this time. But let's be exact, here: when talking about our US fuels economy, the time for discussion and well-informed change has come. Good Common Sense feels that pollution, monocropping & resource depletion are unacceptable byproducts for powering any civilization. Good Common Sense stands for sustainability -- for everyone. We do however recognize the need for quick transitions -- now, & the immediate elimination of CO2 & all related Greenhouse Gases, as a global first priority. In the very leasts, we hope to inspire informed discussion & positive action, as well as provide you with the many tools you need to live your life without detriment the biosphere we share & depend on.
-- Please contact us if you'd like to know more.
Thanks to Jeff & Barry at BASIC for the updates!
... MORE COOL STUFF ...
1,836 MILES TO THE GALLON, no kidding
High School Kids Redefine Fuel Efficiency
A team of students from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Indiana won this June's annual "Supermileage" competition, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The vehicle -- designed & built by the students, is super lightweight, extremely aerodynamic, features low rolling resistance & a rebuilt gasoline engine. The result? 1,836 miles to the gallon, no joke.
Way to teach the "old dogs", kids!
Please Note: The concepts applied by the high school students in this competition are extremely applicable to today's auto industry.
Visit the SAE's "Supermileage" webpage:
SHOUT OUT to the DOE
"Tribal Energy" Receives More Annual Funding
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is putting $2.5 million into developing "renewable energy" on Native American lands this year. The continuing program plans to "investigate energy audits, energy efficiency improvements, and a wide range of renewable energy technologies, including biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind." Benefits to us all include a cleaner economy & the potential to develop an indigenous, sustainable energy industry.
Read the press release here:
Or visit the National Renewable Energy Lab's website:
ROBOTS & SUSTAINABLE LIVING
This year's multibillion dollar "World Expo" (read "World's Fair") is thematically focused on developing a globally sustainable economy ... as well as, uh, lots of robots.
Here's more to read & view, if you like:
full article - http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,67962,00.html?tw=rss.TOP
world expo homepage - http://www.expo2005.or.jp/
"nature's wisdom" - http://www-1.expo2005.or.jp/en/eco/declaration.html
GOOD NEWS READER WRITES IN
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SWITCH TO CLEAN ENERGY
Because Americans rely on burning coal & other fossil fuels to create energy, electricity production in the United States is the #1 source of: Global Warming gases, Acid Rain, Smog, Prenatal Birth Defects, Mercury Exposure & much more. If you want to help out the environment the absolute best thing you can do is switch to a clean, "green" power utility. Cleanly-fueled grid electricity is available to homes & businesses nationwide and is competitively priced.
Find a clean energy provider & eliminate emissions here:
Special thanks to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's weekly newsletter, "EERE Network News," for some of the information described in this issue. Thanks to our readers for their support & thanks for reading this very long newsletter --> so much to say!
Have a great month,
Good Common Sense
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BIODIESEL: In A "Nutshell"
You can make biodiesel at home in your kitchen or garage. It's safe, economically intelligent, & environmentally friendly. By making your own bio-diesel fuel, you are literally turning "used" cooking oil into a valuable, reusable resource. Plus, it smells like french fries...!
Here's What You Need:
a) we recommend a high efficiency diesel vehicle, such as the Volkswagen Diesel Jetta or Passat (these things get 45 - 50 mpg), b) a biodiesel making machine, c) waste vegetable oil (your main ingredient), d) some lye & other chemistry set stuff (comes with purchase of machine), e) time to make a trip & pick up the waste vegetable oil (can often be obtained for free from a local restaurant), f) time to make the fuel (about 1 hour's work for you, 24 hours for the machine)
Here's What You Do:
g) drop the contents into the machine, give it about 24 hours to do the job, test for proper chemical blend a couple of times along the way (tests are remedial), h) pump the fresh fuel into your car, i) drive! j) repeat..
What You'll Get:
k) a per gallon production cost for as low as $.70 a gallon, l) a cleaner burning, more efficient engine, m) emissions reductions of up to 80% over standard diesel fuel (results will vary depending on model, climate, application, etc.).
What You'll Also Get:
n) the satisfaction of knowing that not only are you burning a cleaner, more efficient, American-made fuel, but you are "paving" the way for a sustainable economy.
What You Are Accomplishing:
By reusing cooking oils that would normally go straight to a landfill, you are 1) saving money, 2) investing in domestically produced crops & technologies, 3) utilizing local resources & therefore eliminating an enormous amount of embodied energy impacts, 4) utilizing local resources & therefore eliminating an enormous amount of landfill sludge, 5) using a cleaner fuel, which eliminates approximately 75% of carbon dioxide emissions (our #1 global warming gas), going a long way towards the fight against Global Warming 6) using a cleaner fuel & improving your engine's performance, 7) participating in an intelligent, environmentally sustainable economy.
Good Common Sense plans to retail "bio-diesel-making-machines" before the end of this year.
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