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Fuel Up with Biodiesel Now
Biodiesel, a fuel made from renewable, non-petroleum sources such as vegetable oil, is the only alternative fuel available today that requires no vehicle modifications. That’s one reason it’s the fastest-growing alternative fuel in the U.S., with production tripling between 2004 and 2005.
Josh Tickell, author of Biodiesel America and From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank, says it has all the right characteristics to become a mainstream fuel. “It works in current vehicles, it fits into today’s infrastructure, it’s domestically produced, and it’s a renewable solution people can use right now,” he says.
While biodiesel pumps are not yet as common as conventional fuel pumps, they can be found in all 50 states, primarily in the Midwest and metropolitan areas. Biodiesel can either be purchased as pure biodiesel or mixed with regular diesel — B20 contains 20 percent biodiesel while B5 contains just 5 percent.
Want to be energy independent? You can begin making your own biodiesel right now with home biodiesel processors.