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March 22, 2006

CarTalk guys admit error on biodiesel

The Car Talk guys die a mea culpa last week after receiving a deluge of mails noting how badly they botched their advice on biodiesel. They admitted that they were basically mixing up running a diesel engine on Waste Vegetable oil with biodiesel. WVO requires a car upgrade, new tank, heaters, degrades your engine,e tc. Biodiesel is totally compatible and requires no change of the car. When making biodiesel, we take out all the heavy stuff from veg oil and add in methanol to make it burn easier and cleaner. I was one of the "600" who wrote to correct them. While it is good to hear them admit the mistake, it also shows how much public education we need to do as an industry. When even the Car Talk guys get it messed up, you got a way to go.

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March 20, 2006

New biodiesel blog

My friend Eric Bowen has started a biodiesel blog: All Things Biodiesel. An investor and project finance view of things. Eric also attends probably all the important biodiesel finance events and will post about them. He is also very involved with E2 and the SF Biofuels project in Berkley. I have enjoyed reading.

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March 15, 2006

Georgia Senate passes RFS

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Propel BioFuels has new site

Propel Biofuels, a leading integrator and fleet implementer of biodiesel has launched a new site. Looking good guys!

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March 12, 2006

NW Biodiesel Network forum this Saturday

Stop by this Saturday the 18th for the 2006 NW Biodiesel Forum. A couple people from Seattle biodiesel will be presenting along with many regional leaders and politicians. Now that the RFS is all but certain to receive the governor's signature in the coming weeks, the forum is more timely than ever. We need to figure out how to implement and ramp up! My favorite part every year is the vehicles. The UniMog is the coolest. If you are in the area, it is a must see!

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March 8, 2006

Cool biodiesel tee-shirts

Over at Ask Me About My gas

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March 6, 2006

Washington will soon become a national leader in BioFuels

Moments ago, the Energy Security through Renewable Fuels law in Washington State passed it's final legislative hurdle. It is now ready for the governor's signature. She has said she will sign it. Before the end of the week Washington State will be the second state in the union to mandate the use of Biodiesel in it's fuel supply. This will require 2% biodiesel in diesel and 2% ethanol unleaded by Nov. 1 2008. In addition the law allows state agencies to meet the Ultra Low Sulfur diesel requirements by blending biodiesel and mandates by 2009 all state fleets to use 20% biodiesel. There are provisions for the biodiesel mandate to increase to 5% when there are enough feedstock crops in the state to provide 3% from in-state production. Congrats Washington for continuing to lead!

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