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Florida’s Tri-Rail Runs on Biodiesel



In a move that seems to only for you cialis online no prescription fall somewhere between greenwashing and cngnewengland.com legitimate green progress, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority recently announced that its Tri-Rail regional transit lines would be running 8 out of its 10 trains on a nearly pure blend of biofuels. Let’s consider the pro’s and con’s.

First of all, any press is good press, as they say. Especially when we’re talking about a public institution such as a transit authority, whose endorsement of biodiesel seems more significant and far-reaching than, say, Willie Nelson’s. Plus, the fuel is http://saltlakewebcentral.com/cialis-online-without-prescription cleaner than standard diesel. It emits less carbon monoxide, fewer particulates and pollutes less overall. If biodiesel spills and soaks into the ground, it is far more benign than old fashioned diesel. And, surprisingly, biodiesel is currently 30 cents/gallon cheaper than the competition.

My main complaint here is that the biodiesel comes from palm and soy sources. This might make some sense if the palm oil is produced locally (though I’m not even sure it does), but food crops-turned fuel crops such as these have been largely condemned by the www.peseta.org green community as unsustainable solutions which aggravate food prices across the globe.

As an aside, the SFRTA’s report mentions that Florida is one of only here next day levitra the only places where such biofuels could be implemented, because of its temperate climate. I’m assuming they mean that this biodiesel would not function at lower temperatures, perhaps due to congealing or freezing. Perhaps one of you readers can shed light on the issue…

Via Gas 2.0, SFRTA

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written by Ottar, October 31, 2008
Well, I run B100 in Alaska... Sooooo they just missed the ball saying that biodiesel will only work in a place with a temperate climate such as Florida. There are issues with running biodiesel in colder climates, but there are also issues with running regular diesel #2 in cold climates as well. The solution is the same for both fuels, mixing in Diesel #1 (Kerosene) or another fuel additive designed to keep the viscosity low at colder temperatures.
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written by Lyrin, October 31, 2008
In response to SFRTA's "lower temperatures" comment, here's my college-town's response. Note the use viagra Montana location ^_^

http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2008/08/28/news/top/news01.txt
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written by EV, October 31, 2008
And, surprisingly, biodiesel is currently 30 cents/gallon cheaper than the competition.

But how does it compare in cents/mile? Biodiesel most likely does not contain the same amount of energy/gallon compare to Diesel in the same way that ethanol does not contaol the same amount of energy/gallon that gasoline does. So telling us it is 30 cents/gallon cheaper is buying levitra meaningless if it requires sufficiently more biodiesel to accomplish the same amount of work.
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written by Ottar, October 31, 2008
In Response to the Post by EV

Biodiesel is equivalent to canadian levitra 50mg diesel #2 in a cents/mile equation. There is a marginal decrease in the BTUs of Bio vs Dyno; however with the inefficiency of combustion engines it is negligible. In fact, with the increased lubrication of biodiesel, you are actually treating your engine better = longer lasting = better mpg in the long run. I get about 27 mpg on average in my Jeep Liberty Diesel when I use regular diesel from the cheapest levitra pump. I have noticed a 1-2 mpg gain using biodiesel, I can't say for sure whether that is due to the fuel or due to other factors, driving style, topography, temperature, ect. But from the decrease in engine noise using Bio, I feel pretty confident that the engine is happy. Don’t forget, the diesel engine was originally designed to run on vegetable oil, it had to be “modified” so that it could accept a product produced by the oil industry.
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written by dialtone, October 31, 2008
Take all waste streams - all garbage (except metals) all sewage solids & by the "Anything Into Oil" process you have diesel fuel, minerals, methane & water vapor - better than using palm or soy oil
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written by Andrew, November 01, 2008
How's about redirecting some of that bank bailout money to electrify the rail system. Can't be bothered with bio fuels myself.

Just whack windmills up like there's no tomorrow and go electric. Send the bio fuel land back to it's natural state.
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written by Flahooler, November 03, 2008
As the saying goes, "Better is the enemy of good". Everyone knows that today's biofuels are not perfect, but unlike most of genric levitra the vaporware that graces the pages of EcoGeek they are actually available now.

When compared to petroleum-based fuels, biofuels are good...so should we shout them down because there might be something better five or ten years down the road? Don't wait around for something better when there's something good right in front of you.
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written by Francis, November 03, 2008
I highly agree with Flahooler, and in response to Andrew, the main dilemma regarding electrifying the rail system is the origin of energy source. Currently we supply the majority of our electrical demands through native coal reservoirs (which may be economically depleted in some 150 years). So in truth, to revamp national transportation systems (including the cialis 40mg marketing of electric cars) we need to reasses alternative energy use for mainstream electrical needs.

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