Skip to comments.Minnesota's 10% biodiesel mandate starts Tuesday
Posted on 06/27/2014 12:45:45 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
fter years of starts and stops, the next frontier has finally arrived for biodiesel.
Starting Tuesday, Minnesota will require all diesel fuel sold here to contain at least 10 percent biodiesel -- except during the winter, when the requirement will be 5 percent biodiesel.
Currently, state law requires every gallon of diesel fuel to contain at least 5 percent biodiesel -- and 2 percent during the winter -- so supporters are excited to see Minnesota raise the bar to a highest-in-the-nation level.
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Didn’t you have trouble with the fuel in the school buses freezing the last couple of winters already? Think they’d learn something ...
Rest In Peace, old friend, your work is finished.....
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The most LIKELY result of a demand for a boutique fuel like 10% biodiesel will be higher prices and FUEL SHORTAGES! Remember Gas Lines? Think DIESEL LINES!
Do legislators give a rat's hindquarters about this issue?
Apparently you didn’t read the article which says that “....supporters are excited to see Minnesota raise the bar to a highest-in-the-nation level.”? /s/
I guess maybe we shouldn’t worry about these standards. After all, we do have global warming on the way.
Stalled Minnesota school buses fuel biodiesel mandate debate
Extreme cold and biodiesel fuel don’t mix, as school districts and truckers found during the recent cold snap.
Bloomington Public Schools closed Friday after biodiesel fuel required to be used under state law gelled in about a dozen school buses due to subzero temperatures. The problem left some students at bus stops on Thursday morning for as long as 30 minutes or sitting on stalled buses.
In the south metro area, the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District started school two hours late Friday after a similar problem with biodiesel fuel in about a dozen buses the day before.
The problem with these mandates is that there is no sustainable feedstock for biodiesel. Soybeans are worth FAR more for food uses, and we can export every single bean we don’t need for a premium price (think about who eats tofu and soy sauce). Restaurants used to have to pay to have yellow grease (old fryer oil) hauled away, but now the biodiesel makers have created a sellers market and compete for what is naturally a very limited supply. Oil-rich plants lik eJatropha don’t grow here and even ones that do compete for farm real estate with more profitable crops like corn and soybeans. Algae sounds great on paper but there is NO viable large-scale production process that make sense.
Maybe someday a feedstock will be found that can allow biodiesel to grow, but gov’t mandates that prevent the free market forces from working is the reason over half of the biodiesel plants in existence are sitting idle, rusting away, til they’re sold for pennies on the dollar.
Let the enviroripoffs begin! Show me da money!
“Supporters” of this crap are stupid, pardon my bluntness.
The Government should just mandate the creation of a perpetual motion machine.
one more way to make people ride light rail in the metro and artifically inflate their ridership numbers.
they don’t care about you or your money , other than to demand more of it.
Feeding the corn growers ping.
I wholeheartedly agree that they are, indeed, stupid. The greenies ran up the price of everything using corn or its byproducts so that we can no longer afford it as a food and they are going to do the same thing to anything that contains soybeans.
I have a 2004 car and when I was complaining about ethanol ruining my engine, one of the village idiots said the solution was simple, “just buy a new car”. How about just stopping trying to make fuel out of something that God designed to be used as food.
The entire world has gone mad.
Excellent summary. I wonder if I should cough up for the "ethanol free" gas for my 1984 RX-7.
“I wonder if I should cough up for the “ethanol free” gas for my 1984 RX-7.”
You could pay a little more for corn juice-free fuel now or pay a whole lot later when your engine is ruined.
That’s what I thought. My uncle put a new engine in it less than 1,000 miles ago.
I bet farmers got themselves exempted from this mandate as they have from fuel taxes. Farm groups keep pushing for more biofuels so they grow rich from high grain prices. However, try to find any farm machinery that runs on 85% ethanol or biodiesel. I expect to see a lot of trucks stalled on Minnesota highways this winter.
You have my very favorite car. Used to have one but then had a grandson and my daughter got tired of riding in the “sort of” back seat because obviously the baby couldn’t ride there. Loved it because I could pretty much get my whole life in the back.
Tried to find some ethanol free stations close to me but would use all the gas up just getting back home because none are near.
After alot of back and forth since VW TDI owners in Illinois had no alternative to the higher biodiesel, VWOA basically stating that they will honor warranties in IL where there may be up to 20% Bioblend.
Wonder if this was a corporate move or Illinois forcing VW to change.
It was my dad’s. My uncle had it for about 20 years, and just sent it to me earlier this month. I feel 17 in it, and Dad’s sitting next to me with a gin and tonic in his hand, saying, “Easy on the clutch there, baby - I’ll spill my drink!”
Human survival rule #1 DO NOT BURN YOUR FOOD!
Human survival rule #1 DO NOT BURN YOUR FOOD!
I’m so envious!