by Christopher Thompson
I am so excited!!!! I have been learning about biodiesel, the fuel of tomorrow. Well, actually it is the fuel of yesterday. What we call biodiesel should just be called diesel, since it was the fuel that Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on. What we call diesel should be called petro-diesel. Biodiesel can be made from all sorts of things. It can be made from inedible plants, from very abundant plants like seaweed, it can even be made from your leftovers. Yes, all organic oils can be used to make biodiesel.
So, what is biodiesel? It Is a fuel made from natural oils such as vegetable oil or animal fat. What is great is that any vehicle that runs on diesel will run on biodiesel with no modifications. But aren’t diesels slow? This used to be true, but not anymore. They now make cars with diesel engines just as fast as gasoline powered cars. Diesel engines are also more fuel-efficient.
The trucks, trains and, ships that transport cargo all run on diesel. So, even if these vehicles switched to biodiesel, it would cut pollution down a lot. Well, what if I don’t care about pollution or the environment? You still would benefit from switching to biodiesel, unless you like paying almost 5 dollars for a gallon of gasoline. We would no longer dependent on foreign oil. This means that there would be fewer wars over oil, and would also help decrease out national debt because we could provide our own fuel. There are just so many benefits to biodiesel.
But if biodiesel is made from Vegetable oil , won’t it cause food shortages, and bring up the price of food? No, that is the beauty of biodiesel, It can be made from used cooking oil from restaurants, and the oil doesn’t have to be vegetable oil or animal fat, it can be made from any organic oils.
One argument that the Oil companies make is that there is no money in biofuels. This is so not true. My cousins husband works for a company that processes Used cooking oil into biodiesel and they have money up the wazoo. Maybe that’s the problem. The oil companies don’t like the Idea of losing their monopoly on fuel, so they spread all this disinformation. Biodiesel is clean, safe and economical. Biodiesel is the future.