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  • Rise Of The Diesel
    08/26/2005 12:53AM
    While this article is Eurocentric in its focus, the point is pretty clear.

    Diesel sales are rising dramatically around the world for a number of reasons. Modern diesels are quiet, non-smoky, and powerful. They also pollute less than their gasoline powered counterparts and and operate up to 40% more efficiently to boot.

    Now if only car vendors in the US could become a bit more clueful about this--right now if you want a non-truck, non-SUV diesel car, your choices are Mercedes, Volkwagen, or a gray market import. Yet GM, Ford and Chrysler all offer (often multiple) diesel powertrain options in passenger models sold overseas.

    As of the beginning of this year, diesels made up more than 50% of all new car sales in Europe; in the US they are currently 4%. Come on guys, quit holding out, we could use them here too!
  • Comment By:
    Anatoly
    08/26/2005 10:56AM
    Also these are the only kinds of engines that can use biodiesel fuel, which can be made easily from domestic, renewable sources such as soybeans.&nbsp; If everyone moved to diesel, it would certainly help the US reduce its dependence on foreign oil while other fuel sources were being ramped up.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.biodiesel.org">http://www.biodiesel.org/</a>
  • Comment By:
    -unknown
    08/30/2005 1:02PM
    Cornell recently released a flawed study on biofuels which contained the assertion that biodiesel production consumed more energy than it produced.

    Many obvious flaws leap out.
    1) One does not use the entire soy plant in biodiesel production. Doing so distorts the energetics calculations.

    2) After pressing out soy oil, the remaining solid is sold as 'texturized vegetable protein'. Ignoring this distorts the economics calculations.

    3) Soy beans are not the only source of oil feedstock; most other beans produce much more oil per acre -- canola AKA rapeseed yields 3X the oil of soy crops.

    Because of tendentious, selective fact usage, the Cornell study is at parity with Microsoft's "Get The Facts" program on Windows v. Linux.

    Rather than rant at length here, I refer you to a local copy of the refutation from Biodiesel.org,et.al. at:
    <http://www.salvarsan.org/Cornell_Biofuel_refutation.pdf>


    -Haney
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