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Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economyby Greg Pahl
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Biodiesel has powered tour buses for Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, and Willie Nelson. Daryl Hannah's private vehicle runs on it, while Republican and Democratic politicians alike are backing its development. It's more biodegradable than sugar and less toxic than table salt, and the production process can take place on a masive industrial scale or gallon by gallon in your garage.
In this essential new book, Greg Pahl shares the history of biodiesel, explains the technology in straightforward terms, and explores its exciting potential in the United States and beyond, including resources you can use to buy or make your own biodiesel.
Book News Annotation:
Shortly before his mysterious death in 1923, motor engine inventor Rudolph Diesel argued that the "use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time." Championing that vision, Pahl (codirector, Vermont Biofuels Association) describes the historical development of biodiesel and assesses the current state of this renewable fuel industry. Along the way he describes the processes of biodiesel production, explores its environmental impact, looks at the use of biodiesel fuels in Europe and the United States, and explains the complex politics surrounding biodiesel projects.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
When Rudolph Diesel invented his engine in the late nineteenth century, he envisioned a device that could run anywhere on a wide range of local fuels. A century later, Greg Pahl recalls that vision and shows us it is possible with Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy.
As the politics of energy grow bleak, visionary entrepreneurs in the biofuels industry may very well become society's next great hope-heroes to today's energy insecurity the way astronauts were to the Cold War's space race. In Biodiesel, Greg Pahl delves into the history of the biofuels industry. He assesses its recent successes and current shortcomings, and stands well prepared to estimate its future. If the political, environmental, or financial woes of our current fuel industry have you concerned, it's time to take another look at biodiesel!
The technology of bio-based fuel is becoming increasingly popular. This text provides background information and practical advice on how to implement this new, easy, energy source.
About the Author
Greg Pahl is a 1967 graduate of the University of Vermont and a former Military Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. A full-time freelance journalist for many years, he has written extensively about the environment, consumer issues, business, and finance for numerous publications, including Vermont Magazine, the Vermont Times, Mother Earth News, The Champlain Business Journal, and many others. He is also the editor of a weekly arts and entertainment column in the Addison Independent.
In addition, Greg is the author of Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guild to Renewable Energy Options (published in 2003 by Chelsea Green), Pahl has been involved in environmental issues for more than 20 years. In the 1970s he lived "off the grid" in a home he built i
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Part One Biodiesel Basics
Chapter 1 Rudolph Diesel
Chapter 2 Vegetable Oil Revival
Chapter 3 Biodiesel 101
Chapter 4 Biodiesel's Many Uses
Part Two Biodiesel around the World
Chapter 5 Europe, the Global Leader
Chapter 6 Other European Countries
Chapter 7 Non-European Countries
Part Three Biodiesel in the United States
Chapter 8 A Brief History
Chapter 9 The Main Players
Chapter 10 Biodiesel Politics
Chapter 11 Recent Developments
Part Four Biodiesel in the Future
Chapter 12 Looking Ahead
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