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Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy

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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.

    Biodiesel is:

  • endorsed by politicians of all parties, environmentally conscious celebrities, and energy experts in America and worldwide.
  • produced from domestic feedstocks, reducing the need for foreign oil while boosting the local economy and supporting the agricultural community

    Biodiesel can:

  • reduce net CO² emissions by 78 percent compared with petroleum diesel fuel, cutting greenhouse gases that lead to global warming
  • be mixed with petroleum diesel to produce a cleaner-burning biodiesel blend
  • be blended with NO. 2 oil for home heating, usually without any retrofits required

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)

Synopsis:

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.
Biodiesel is:
  • more biodegradable than sugar and less toxic than table salt.

  • produced from domestic feedstocks, reducing the need for foreign oil while boosting the local economy and supporting the agricultural community.

  • Biodiesel can:
  • reduce net CO2 emissions by 78 percent compared with petroleum diesel fuel, cutting greenhouse gases that lead to global warming.
  • be mixed with petroleum diesel at any level to produce a cleaner-burning biodiesel blend.
  • be blended with No. 2 oil for home heating, usually without any retrofits required.

  • 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!

    Synopsis:

    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
    Acknowledgments
    Foreword
    Introduction
    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
    Organizations and Online Resources
    Notes
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781931498654
    Subtitle:
    Growing A New Energy Economy
    Author:
    Pahl, Greg
    Publisher:
    Chelsea Green
    Subject:
    General
    Subject:
    Power Resources
    Subject:
    Biotechnology
    Subject:
    Biodiesel fuels.
    Subject:
    Power Resources - General
    Subject:
    Power Resources - Alternative & Renewable
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    Trade paper
    Publication Date:
    20050115
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    224
    Dimensions:
    9 x 6 in 9.5 oz

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    "Synopsis" by , 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.
    Biodiesel is:
  • more biodegradable than sugar and less toxic than table salt.

  • produced from domestic feedstocks, reducing the need for foreign oil while boosting the local economy and supporting the agricultural community.

  • Biodiesel can:
  • reduce net CO2 emissions by 78 percent compared with petroleum diesel fuel, cutting greenhouse gases that lead to global warming.
  • be mixed with petroleum diesel at any level to produce a cleaner-burning biodiesel blend.
  • be blended with No. 2 oil for home heating, usually without any retrofits required.

  • 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!
    "Synopsis" by , 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.

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