Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Monday, July 5, 2010

Coastal beauty

What I haven't been writing about lately is our veggie stuff... Michael picked up about 70 gallons of veggie oil at the Silver Dollar Faire in May then a guy from Orland gave him about 100 gallons. Whenever we are up around Lassen we have a loop of businesses we collect from and the V.V. still runs on straight veggie except for when we run on biodiesel.

This trip Michael had to fix the drive shaft on the truch and didn't have time to process veggie oil so he bought cubies at Costco for about 4$ a gallon. We hoped to pick up from the Footprint Biodiesel folks in Arcata but they were shut down on account of a spill they had and the need to complete whatever correction and penance they needed to with Humboldt County.

Luckily we were able to join a new cooperative, SeQuential Biofuels. They started in Oregon and have 35 pumps there and Southwest Washington. They process a huge quantity of biodiesel now with a much smaller carbon footprint than any other fuel with 78% less carbon dioxide emissions than regular diesel.
I'm excited about them because they run their stations on solar, have living roofs and put in bioswales to filter any vehicle runoff. California could be doing this-- regulating biofuels better and using waste oils wisely.

Obviously humans can live better with interdependence.


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