- Diaper Lover, Incontinent,
A valid point UnMarth... unfortunately it is one that few people understand.The original idea of the diesel engine was for farmers that could 'grow' and create their own fuel. However, if we all switched to bio-diesel, then there will be less farm land for food. Which In turn, Would bring high fuel and food prices.
Take E85 ethanol for example. It is an "alternative fuel" made from corn. The problem with this is that the gas companies are buying up as much of it as they can get their hands on... which has driven the price of corn through the roof.
Now it's just corn you say... so what? So what indeed. Corn and corn byproducts are used in a huge amount of goods. Cattle and chickens are fed corn as well... which means that now the prices of beef, milk, cheese, poultry, and eggs have gone up too. Take a look at the price of a gallon of milk or a block of cheese next time you are at the store... it is outrageous.
The one thing about old-school diesels that I like is the fact that they do run off of old cooking oil. Now it seems to me that there is a McDonalds or BK or KFC or Wendys or Hardees (Carls Jr) or any other kind of fast food joint on nearly every street corner in this vast nation of ours. These places all fry their food... and the oil must be disposed of. That is a lot of oil that is currently going to waste. So why not continue to capitalize on America's love for the artery hardening good stuff (which I consume as I type this) and start selling the stuff as fuel?
Want a car that will run off of the stuff with a minimum of modification? Get ya' an 80's model Mercedes 300D... pour it in... and go to town.