Yaughh! This seems kinda unnecessary...but Tyson Foods and ConocoPhillips are teaming up to make diesel out of animal fat. Like there weren't already enough good reasons to kill pigs. But, like Homer said, they are a miraculous animal...bacon, ribs, pork loin, pulled pork, hot dogs and now diesel fuel. It's like my grandma always said, "You can use everything but the squeal."
Tyson promises that they won't be using food-grade fat to create the diesel. All of that will still end up in your can of Spam. The fat that will be converted to diesel is the fat that is currently used in making soaps, pet food and cosmetics. And it's more than pigs too. Fat from chicken and beef processing plants will be used as well.
Tyson and ConocoPhillips hope that as much as three percent of the diesel produced by ConocoPhillips will eventually have animal fat as its origin. CP will be building a $100 million plant to refine the animal fats into a chemical mixture virtually identical to current diesel fuel.
The only bad news is that it's kinda creepy...and that there will be one more thing that vegans can't do.
-McD's Grease for McD's Trucks-
written by Tracy, August 10, 2007
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