There’s been a lot of talk about ethanol as an alternative to petrol consumption – especially with the President taking some licks from Hugo down South this week. The Idaho State Journal has an interesting article on biodiesel today, another alternative which seems promising. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a fervent advocate of conservation first and foremost…
…but biodiesel intrigues me. Biodiesel has the potential to involve decentralized production – I’ve got a friend who brews his own ! – meaning less fuel consumed transporting the fuel (one of those inconvenient truths Bush refuses to address regarding Brazil) – and hopefully the ag production of crops more suitable to a given region, though soy seems to be the preferred choice.
Another interesting fact is that a byproduct of producing biodiesel is often more valuable than the fuel itself ! High-grade glycerine – in fact, many small-scale producers consider the fuel to be a byproduct of glycerine production.
Either way – the more producers the better as far as I’m concerned. Americans’ energy dependency on few, key players holds us economically hostage to more than just the Middle East – we’re under the thumb of American fat-cats as well.