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When we we caught up with Bird backstage at Bonnaroo, he talked about keeping waste down on tour, why his biodiesel adventures ran up against the food crisis. He said he hadn't heard of the festival's greening efforts, including an initiative to reduce the kind of bottled water he was drinking. "They should do everything they can -- besides not having it exist," he said. "We can all do more."via Treehugger... When we we caught up with Bird backstage at Bonnaroo, he talked... more
he following is a guest post by Chelsea Green's Makenna Goodman:
I remember a time when defenseless kids with hippie moms got made fun of for using wax sandwich bags (ehem). I remember a time when it was considered uncool to be packing carrot sticks in your tote bag. When yoga was what the weird naked guys did at the hot springs in Ouray, Colorado; you know downward-facing dogs splayed out by the pool. I remember a time, in other words, when trendy things used to be not-trendy. Like BIODIESEL. The wave of the future.
You've seen it station wagons clanking around town with a sign on the back window that says, "This Vehicle Runs on Veggie Oil I'm Awesome." You probably drive by and think: Damn. Those hippies are self-important, but I'm repressing the fact that I want to be just like them. What is wrong with me? But here's the first thing you should know about biodiesel: It's not just white people with dreads who use vegetable oil to run their cars. It's a movement. Dude, my boss does it.
*Biodiesel can be made from virtually any vegetable oil
*It can be used in any modern diesel engine
*It's America's fastest growing alternative fuel
But really, biodiesel is a tricky thing to understand, which is why many people just plain don't. Consider it worth your while to get versed on biodiesel, from the experts. And everything you need to know, Greg Pahl will tell you. He's the author of Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy and The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis and knows the deal.
The following is an excerpt from The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis by Greg Pahl. It has been adapted for the Webhe following is a guest post by Chelsea Green's Makenna Goodman: I remember a... more
The car is made with biodegradable materials. The steering wheel is made out of plant-based fibers derived from carrots and other root vegetables. The seat is built of flax fibre and soybean oil foam. The car is powered by chocolate — or rather, waste from chocolate factories.The car is made with biodegradable materials. The steering wheel is made out of... more
Running diesel engines on grease isn't anything new, but for those interested, there's a doc that's on the Web that goes into more than just how to convert your car. It takes a look at everything from where and how to top up, to where to get the best grease.
There are several places where people state the obvious and get mildly preachy--including pro forma railing against tyrannical corporate and US policy (complete with a Nazi comparison)--but there are plenty of interesting bits like the complications in terms of standardizing things so the idea takes off in a bigger way. And who knew Morgan Freeman was in the grease biz?
"Greasy Rider" is one of a few films that Cinematic Rights Media, digital film sales reps, are giving Online premieres this Earth Day. I haven't seen the rest but others include "The Green Chain" (Dailymotion, Hulu and YouTube) which is about the battle over logging, "The Unforseen" (a Robert Redford-produced film on iTunes and Amazon VOD) about a community vs. developer preservation fight in Austin, "Blind Spot" (SnagFilms, Dailymotion and Joost) which focuses on the oil and energy crisis, and "Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home" (Amazon VOD).
Some are free, others will cost you, but they're out there and eco-friendly...you don't have to drive anywhere to take a look.Running diesel engines on grease isn't anything new, but for those interested,... more
Here’s a suggestion: Try washing your face with the same stuff you use to fuel your car.
For years, a guy named Marshall, drove around a bio-diesel-fueled truck picking up waste grease from some of Los Angeles’ finest restaurants.
Through the distillation of the grease, Marshall made bio-fuel but was left with gob smacking barrels of glycerin, much to his wife Martha’s dismay. That’s when Marshall decided to take things one step further.
They developed a signature fragrance from the essential oils of bergamot, olive, and exotic grasses to create a scent that is at once clean, fresh and sweetly aromatic and combined it with the excess glycerin to create FURTHER: a soap born of bio-fuel.
Today, Marshall still picks up waste grease from local restaurants and refines it in his garage. The best part is that the soap made from Marshall’s glycerin is returned to the bathrooms of the very restaurants from which it originated, creating a perfect, sustainable circle.
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Photo by Mark Klotz.Here’s a suggestion: Try washing your face with the same stuff you use to fuel... more
Dogpatch Biofuels is a sustainable biodiesel filling station and eco-friendly convenience store. Dogpatch Biofuels is San Francisco's first and only public, retail biodiesel-only filling station, carrying B100 biodiesel from local and recycled sources. Dogpatch biodiesel comes from 100% recycled waste vegetable oils, and meets all ASTM standards.Dogpatch Biofuels is a sustainable biodiesel filling station and eco-friendly... more
The band mewithoutYou tours around the country in an old greyhound bus that runs off of used vegetable oil. Here the lead singer, Aaron Weiss, walks through how the store and filter the veggie oil on the road.The band mewithoutYou tours around the country in an old greyhound bus that runs off... more
The majestic forests are vanishing in smoke and sawdust, but there's still hope for the island's fabled biodiversity—if the palm oil rush can be slowed.The majestic forests are vanishing in smoke and sawdust, but there's still hope... more
YouTube pulled the full version. This is the Fiesta that Ford says can't sell in the US. This is likely the best part of the review; Jeremy takes it out with the Royal Marines on a beach assault. Yes, he takes a subcompact filled with marines out on a field test.
Granted he was driving the 1.6L TSVT gasoline model, the 1.6L ECONetic DIESEL emits so little CO2 you pay no UK road taxes on it. Somehow, I think if it is that clean in the emissions department, it can pass BIN5 Tier2 for the US.
I'd write for and demand they sell this vehicle. It's not that small, and given the uprise in Versa/Golf/Fit/Aveo sales lately, this would be the right car at the right time.
Hell they could use the Top Gear episode as the advertising for it. I think it would work!YouTube pulled the full version. This is the Fiesta that Ford says can't sell in... more
Dr. Craig Alan Bittner came up with an, um, innovative way to fuel his SUV. Bittney, a plastic surgeon, has used fat from his patients liposuction procedures to make biodiesel, or as he calls it "lipo-diesel." But when the California Department of Public Health and some other agencies came knocking on bittner's door, he was nowhere to be found. His websites says he's moved to Colombia. Bittner says his patients requested he use their fat for fuel.
But is this story true? One of the cars he alleges to have fueled with his lipodiesel cannot run on diesel. Coupled with Bittner's willingness for publicity and a story line out of Fight Club, some aren't too sure of his claims.Dr. Craig Alan Bittner came up with an, um, innovative way to fuel his SUV. Bittney, a... more
Afro-Colombians fight biodiesel producers
For Afro-Colombians evicted from their land in north-western Colombia and along the Pacific coast, the loss of familiar surroundings of lush jungle and rugged mountains can be devastating .
Take Yajaira, a slender 18-year-old, one of four children whose family was displaced from a settlement in the Cacarica river basin just south of Colombia's border with Panama.
She misses her place of origin deeply.
"My home was surrounded by banana and mango trees, and coconut palms," she recalls, fingering a bracelet she wears made of seeds and feathers gathered in tropical forests.
"We used to bathe and fish in a nearby stream."
Currently, Yayaira spends part of the year in Bogota, Colombia's Andean capital, where blue-black clouds seem to hover perpetually over the city.
It often rains and it is cold, in sharp contrast to the sultry heat of the north-west.
Tens of thousands of other displaced Afro-Colombians are also dispersed in Colombian cities.
Many live precariously in sprawling shantytowns, such as Ciudad Bolivar, in the south of the capital.
"A peasant without land is like a being without life," Yajaira says, clearly not convinced by the urban existence.
"We don't know how to live in towns."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7784117.stmAfro-Colombians fight biodiesel producers For Afro-Colombians evicted from their... more
"A Biodiesel manufacturer claims government moves to axe compulsory use of biofuels spells the end of the industry in New Zealand including his plans to employ 46 extra staff at a new plant.
Tom McNicholl, managing director of Auckland-based BioDiesel Oils NZ, said he would mothball a nearly-built Waikato plant that would have produced 60 million litres a year of tallow-based diesel after the Government confirmed it would scrap compulsory biofuel requirements next week."
Question: if BioDiesel Oils NZ's biodiesel was tallow-based, does that mean that it was sustainable and not impacting food supply?"A Biodiesel manufacturer claims government moves to axe compulsory use of... more
"Rainforest nations will lobby the United Nations to set up a single body to coordinate the use of carbon credit trading to stop deforestation at a conference next month in Poland, an official from the countries said on Tuesday.
"A new body should be built to coordinate initiatives (on cutting emissions from deforestation) that are going around now," Federica Bietta, Deputy Director of New York-based Coalition for Rainforest Nations, which represents about 40 countries, told Reuters on the margins of a deforestation conference in Milan.
The Coalition and other supporters of the United Nations'-backed scheme, called REDD, or reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation, hope to include it into a successor of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change after 2012.
"There is money floating around... but countries don't know where to put it. There are various ideas, often not coordinated and that is very confusing," Bietta said."
(Full article at link)"Rainforest nations will lobby the United Nations to set up a single body to... more
The algal biodiesel fueling the car is made through Solazyme's proprietary process for manufacturing high-value, functionally-tailored oils from algae. This process, which uses standard industrial fermentation equipment, yields a biofuel that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is biodegradable, nontoxic and safe. Solazyme is currently producing thousands of gallons of algal oil and recently signed a biodiesel feedstock development and testing agreement with Chevron Technology Ventures, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
"Biodiesel from algae changes the landscape of renewable fuels," said Jonathan Wolfson, chief executive officer of Solazyme. "The concept of algal biofuel has been discussed for decades, and Solazyme's technology finally provides a scalable solution based on proven industrial processes. This fuel is just the first example of how algal oil will help the environment through new products that offer attractive economics and performance, as well as environmental benefits."
Soladiesel exceeds both the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) biodiesel standard D6751 and EN 14214, the European standard, which ensures that biodiesel can safely run any existing diesel engine. The car demonstrating Solazyme's biofuel at Sundance is running on its original, factory-standard diesel engine with no modifications, and is powered by the highest blend of biodiesel that engine manufacturers currently certify. By operating in the typical sub-freezing temperatures for the area in January, it also illustrates how Soladiesel provides better temperature properties than any traditional biodiesel.
"In demonstrating this new fuel alternative, we're responding to the need for a near-term solution that will also be cost effective and sustainable," added Harrison Dillon, president and chief technology officer of Solazyme. "Our technology combines all the key components: low carbon footprint, environmental sustainability, certified compatibility with existing vehicles and infrastructure, and energy security for our country."The algal biodiesel fueling the car is made through Solazyme's proprietary... more
Record high oil prices, global warming, and an insatiable demand for energy: these
issues will be the catalyst for heated debates and positive change for many years to
come. FUEL is the successor to “Fields of Fuel”, which won the 2008 Sundance Film
Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary. FUEL exposes shocking connections
between the auto industry, the oil industry, and the government, while exploring alternative
energies such as solar, wind, electricity, and non-food-based biofuels.
Josh Tickell and his Veggie Van take us on the road to discover the pros and cons of
biofuels, how America’s addiction to oil is destroying the U.S. economy, and how green
energy can save us, but only if we act now.
http://thefuelfilm.com/sites/all/files/PRESS%20NOTES%20low%20res_0.pdfRecord high oil prices, global warming, and an insatiable demand for energy: these... more
I have entered into a debate with some folks regarding what the top priorities are in buying a car for the average american. Given that the Honda Civic has taken the award for best selling car of 2008 (displacing the Ford F-150 pickup truck for the first time in 17 years, link: http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/daily-news/080604-Honda-Civic-Now-America-s-Best-Selling-Vehicle/), I say the #1 (or at least #2 or #3) item is fuel economy.
His argument is that people will buy large vehicles, because hat is what has been best selling.
We also argue over whether or not more vehicles should be offered with diesel engines (they get, on average, 30% better economy than gasoline engines). He seems to think there is no market, but VW announced they sold out of their US 6-month allotment of diesels in the first three months of shipping due to pre-orders. Just like the Prius did when it launched.
What are your thoughts? I want to know what the top five car buying features are.I have entered into a debate with some folks regarding what the top priorities are in... more
October 30, 2008
San Francisco Opens Gate to National Biodiesel Conference & Expo
The City by the Bay Will Make Inspirational Host for 2009 Conference
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Spot a city bus, a fire truck, or a double-decker tour bus in San Francisco, and chances are pretty good that it is running on 20 percent biodiesel (B20). The area’s biodiesel enthusiasm even flows beyond the “City by the Bay” into the Bay itself, where the famous Red and White Ferries cruise on B20.
“San Francisco is an inspiration to our industry like none I’ve ever seen,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. “The enthusiasm for biodiesel is in every corner of the city. The commitment is contagious, and I am eager for our conference attendees to experience it for themselves.”
The San Francisco City Government is the largest known city in the world to use B20 fleet-wide, one of many reasons it is the perfect host for the 2009 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Feb. 1 – 4.
The conference educational program will be kicked off by the people who have made the biodiesel program there a success. Mayor Gavin Newsom is anticipated to speak. In 2006, he issued an Executive Directive designed to increase the pace of municipal use of biodiesel. Today, virtually all of the City’s 1,500 diesel vehicles run on B20. The City uses about 5 million gallons of B20 a year.
Other speakers from the City will include Marty Mellera, Chief of Climate Action and Greening – a title as progressive as San Francisco itself. Vandana Bali, Clean Vehicles Manager at the Department of the Environment, Mike Ferry of the San Francisco Fire Department and past recipient of the Eye on Biodiesel Inspiration Award, and Karri Ving, Biofuels Coordinator for the Public Utilities Commission will round out the general session.
The 2009 conference promises to offer its valuable educational and networking opportunities that attendees have come to expect. This year, one new feature is sustainability sessions supplementing existing educational tracks. Meet biodiesel peers at the golf tournament and Super Bowl party. For more information and to register, please visit www.biodieselconference.org. For discounted rates, register by November 14’s early bird deadline.
The NBB is the national trade association of the biodiesel industry and is the coordinating body for biodiesel research and development in the U.S.October 30, 2008 San Francisco Opens Gate to National Biodiesel Conference... more