How could Willie Nelson be wrong? The country and western singing star has been singing the praises of bio-diesel of late, so much so that he powers his tour buses with the alternative fuel. He is also leading a push to have bio-diesel filling stations built in the United States.
Is bio-diesel really an alternative? We’ll be finding out on this side of the border as well.
Over the next five years, Vancouver, Whistler, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Delta have agreed to purchase up to 80 million litres of this cleaner-burning alternative fuel.
Additional provincial, Crown corporation and private sector fleets will also participate in the program.
Bio-diesel is made from natural, renewable resources such as used vegetable oils, animal fats, and domestically produced oilseed crops such as soy, canola and hemp. It cuts exhaust emissions, minimizing black smoke, odour and greenhouse gas emissions, and does not contribute to acid rain.
The downside, of course, is if you make bio-diesel out of oil that you cooked chicken in, your exhaust will smell like chicken fingers.
Still, it’s better than choking black clouds of diesel exhaust, which have been proven to be a contributing factor to a host of respiratory problems.
We can talk all we want about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s great to see someone doing something about it.
It might smell like French fries, but that’s cleaner air you’re smelling.
From the Williams Lakeâ ¨Tribune