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Biodiesel

Winning The Oil End Game: Innovations for Profits, Jobs, and Security (Rocky Mountain Institute 2004) --   This independent, peer-reviewed synthesis for American business and military leaders charts a roadmap for getting the U.S. completely, attractively and profitably off oil.

The Short Path to Oil Independence (Earth-Policy.org October 13th 2004)

Businesses turning to biodiesel (Mount Shasta Herald August 11th 2004)

Biodiesel moving into mainstream (Mount Shasta Herald June 2nd 2004)

Biodiesel offers renewable fuel alternative (Record Searchlight May 16, 2004)

Biodiesel in Siskiyou County
Farmers dedicated to supporting domestic fuel sources joined other citizens and the Shasta Energy Group to bring biodiesel into Siskiyou County. Congratulations everyone, we succeeded! Cross Petroleum is now suppling B20 at the Pacific Pride fuel station 1012 North Mount Shasta Boulevard in Mount Shasta, CA. The station telephone number is 530 926-2049.

What is biodiesel?
Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel that is produced from recycled or pure vegetable oil. Biodiesel can be used in any standard unmodified diesel in pure form (B100) or blended at any proportion with petroleum diesel. Biodiesel can also be used in heaters in a blend with kerosene.

Why use biodiesel?
Use of Biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in a substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate emission when compared to emissions from a petroleum diesel engine. Biodiesel has passed Tier 1 and Tier II Health Effects testing required by the Clean Air Act.

According to research conducted at the University of California, Davis:

  • Cancer-causing potential of Biodiesel particulate matter is 80% less than standard No. 1 and No. 2 diesel fuel.
  • Pure Biodiesel (B100) is completely biodegradable and non-toxic to plants, animals and humans.
  • Reduced greenhouse emissions by upwards of 75%.

Is biodiesel used as a pure fuel or is blended with petroleum diesel?
Biodiesel can be used in pure form (B100) or blended with petroleum in any percentage. It can also be blended with kerosene. B20 (20% by volume biodiesel and 80% by volume petroleum diesel) has demonstrated significant environmental benefits.

Can I use biodiesel in my personal automobile?
Biodiesel can be used in ANY standard diesel engine without any conversions. Biodiesel is compatible with diesel engines including generators, tractors, automobiles and kerosene heaters.

How does biodiesel react in our colder climates of Siskiyou County?
It is recommended that biodiesel be blended with petroleum diesel when temperatures drop below 40 degrees F. At low temperatures pure biodiesel (B100) coagulates or gels. See the table below for biodiesel blends and gel temperatures. (Check Back Soon for the Table!)

Where can I buy biodiesel?
Biodiesel pumping stations are slowly popping up across the United States. The very first biodiesel pumping station (B20) in Siskiyou County is the Pacific Pride fuel station 1012 North Mount Shasta Boulevard in Mount Shasta. Cross Petroleum is researching other possible fueling sites in Siskiyou and Shasta counties. The nearest stations to us in Siskiyou County are Talent (OR), Arcata (CA) and Chico (CA). For a map of other stations in the United States navigate to the National Biodiesel Board website.

Are there tax credits available for using biodiesel?
There is a 1 cent per percent biodiesel per gallon tax credit available (20 cent limit). In other words, you can get 20 cents per gallon back on your tax return for using biodiesel. You can also see up to a 13% increase in fuel efficiency.

For more information contact:

Cross Petroleum:
530-221-2588 x224
PO Box 492200
Redding,CA 96049-2200
Attn: Jim Cross

Other Siskiyou County Fuel Suppliers

Franks Fuel: 1-800-335-4450
1500 Mott Road, Mt. Shasta 96067

Where can I get more information?

Books/Videos
Book- “From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank” by Joshua Tickell
Video- The Veggie Fuel Video

Locate a biodiesel station in your area:
National Map of Retail Fueling Sites

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