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Wired on Biodiesel

Wired News has a new article about biodiesel, discussing how (among other things) a Minnesota county plans to operate its entire diesel-powered fleet on 5% biodiesel, after two years of testing with its snowplows. It gets better though:
"Minnesota has passed a law requiring that all diesel fuel in the state contain 2 percent biodiesel by 2005. Similar legislation was introduced in Ohio last September. And provisions in the energy bill, currently being hotly debated in the Senate, would give a tax break for biodiesel."


"Biodiesel reduces carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate-matter emissions between 10 percent and 20 percent compared with conventional diesel. It essentially eliminates exhaust emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates, which are major components of acid rain."


"Biodiesel is not only healthier, but it also, curiously, smells better. According to many who've worked with the fuel, biodiesel exhaust smells a bit like french fries or fresh popcorn -- a vast improvement over the usual noxious fumes that spew from most diesel engines."