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June 12, 2005 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
The corn grows tall for miles around this truck stop, 80 miles south of Dallas, but it's another crop, soybeans, that has engines revving in these parts. Since spring, when the town's founder (and truck stop owner) Carl Cornelius began selling an alternative fuel known as biodiesel, countless drivers have become self-proclaimed converts of the diesel-soybean mixture. They claim that it is cleaner-burning and more fuel-efficient and makes their tailpipes smell faintly of French fries.
May 17, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
President Bush praised biodiesel Monday as "one of our nation's most promising alternative fuel sources" as he stepped up pressure on the Senate to pass his energy bill, which he said would reverse America's dependence on foreign oil. But Bush conceded there was little he could do in the short term to drive down gasoline prices. "I wish I could just wave a magic wand and lower the price at the pump," he said in a speech. "That's not how it works.
October 31, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
It smelled like popcorn, stinky cheese or paint, depending on who was doing the sniffing. But to Kurt Buehler and a hundred others gathered at Naval Base Ventura County on Thursday, the vial of amber-colored fluid also was a whiff of the future. Buehler, a chemical engineer at the Port Hueneme base, presided over the dedication of a biodiesel refinery -- the first ever to be located at a U.S. military installation.
October 21, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In a first for the U.S. military, engineers at Naval Base Ventura County plan to recycle used restaurant grease into biodiesel, monitor production costs and test how well the cleaner-burning fuel performs on diesel-powered trucks, generators and machinery. If successful, mini-refineries could begin popping up on Navy bases across the country to help the military meet tougher smog rules, said Kurt Buehler, project engineer at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center in Port Hueneme.
May 12, 2003 | John M. Glionna and Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writers
When Elie Rothchild's 1984 diesel Volkswagen is running on empty, he skips the corner gas station and heads straight for his favorite greasy spoon. Donning a pair of surgical gloves, he pumps a few gallons of congealed vegetable lard out of the kitchen fryers. With a bit of chemical hocus-pocus back in his garage, he creates a newfangled fuel.
March 9, 2003
"Diesels Fueling Renewed Interest" (Feb. 16) failed to mention the increasing availability of biodiesel fuel made from fresh or recycled vegetable oil. Although previously scarce and expensive, biodiesel is becoming more available at land-based and marine fueling stations. The price has come down from more than twice the price of petroleum diesel to, at some locations, only a few cents more per gallon. As this trend continues, biodiesel should shortly be on a par with or cheaper than petroleum.
December 14, 1992 | From Associated Press
Some day, you may be able to drive up to the pump and fill your car's tank with a fuel made of vegetable oil and animal fats. Whether that day ever comes is now being studied by a handful of corporate and university innovators who are testing this low-pollution fuel known as "biodiesel." Biodiesel includes no petroleum products, but can power conventional diesel engines.
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