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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.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.
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!
Background information and practical advice on how to implement the new, easy, and increasingly popular technology of bio-based fuel.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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
IntroductionPart One Biodiesel Basics
Chapter 1 Rudolph Diesel
Chapter 2 Vegetable Oil Revival
Chapter 3 Biodiesel 101
Chapter 4 Biodiesel's Many UsesPart Two Biodiesel around the World
Chapter 5 Europe, the Global Leader
Chapter 6 Other European Countries
Chapter 7 Non-European CountriesPart Three Biodiesel in the United States
Chapter 8 A Brief History
Chapter 9 The Main Players
Chapter 10 Biodiesel Politics
Chapter 11 Recent DevelopmentsPart Four Biodiesel in the Future
Chapter 12 Looking Ahead
Organizations and Online Resources