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We head to New Leaf Biofuels to see how used cooking oil can be refined to create biodiesel that can power your ride. We also sit down with New Leaf President and CEO Jennifer Case for a discussion of the history and future of this alternative fuel.


Category: Diesel

Tags: b20, biodiesel, biofuel, new leaf, svo, tdi, wvo
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stephen

The reason that most plants are now idle is that basically biodiesel cannot exist without a gov subsidy. The plants are not economic. Even with cooking oil being free to source, this operation has trouble working without the artificial gov handout. Also if say 20% of biodiesel is the bio part then only 20% is greener than normal diesel not the bigger figures mentioned. As long as the US taxpayer was offering this subsidy, the biodiesel market could survive. What it needs is demand not cutting the price over diesel. Also the biodiesel industry did little to promote users buying diesel cars over regular gas. If Fedex or local gov mandated a certain percentage of all their fleet was biodiesel then less tax credits would be needed. Also the ethanol debacle did not help with farmers growing ethanol crop over wheat-corn etc to sell as ethanol and forcing up food prices.

October 10 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RICHARD ANDRESKI

THE VIEWING OF THE BIODIESEL MOVIE WAS EXCELLENT. WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BIODIESEL AND POSSIBLE USES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. WHERE WOULD I GO TO GET MORE INFORMATION? THANK YOU.

September 25 2010 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred Tamjidi

Very impressive as every little bit to get us off foreign oil while also reducing emissions helps. I am amazed however why this is not in the media headlines to get the program reignited for good to crank this industry up to full capacity and beyond? Why is this not the subject of a hot potato debate in the upcoming elections?? Why would anyone in the government not extend the program??

September 24 2010 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan D

Excellent article and comments, very accurate and true. Good for Jennifer for making it in the chaos. It takes mucho money to even stay afloat (with nice equipment they have)now with giantoilco manipulating the market to try to destroy competition while paying Senators to not renew the biodiesel tax credit (It might interfere with their huge wealthyfare handouts.). The Tourag TDI may be very nice while inefficient, but the Jeddah TDI is the champ, with 50 plus MPG and a long history of using biodiesel with NO giant battery penalties. BTW, it is illegal to void a warranty because of type of fuel or aftermrket parts, unless you can prove that it was poor quality fuel or part.

September 22 2010 at 2:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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