Going Green Gets Us
Out Of The
Billions Back Into American Workers’ Pockets
Oil prices are
through the roof and it’s costing us dearly. We empty our pockets in
order to line those of the oil barons in the
This need not be the
As a nation we might predominantly use gasoline-engine vehicles for personal use, but our freight and shipping industry is wholly diesel based. Factor in the diesel needed to power most generators, construction equipment and industrial heating, and it becomes clear that we use a vast amount of diesel per annum, and it is this market that alternative fuels and energy specialist, Dr. Richard Craven, believes is crucial in our breaking free of Middle Eastern oil dependence.
“Diesel fuel accounts
for over 40 billion gallons of petroleum consumed in the
“There is absolutely no
reason why we should be paying that sum to a Middle Eastern company for
fuel, when it is readily available from companies here in
Dr. Craven has spent over 15 years at the forefront of chemical research and development, with emphasis on environmentally friendly fuels and alternative energy solutions during the past decade. He is a recognized authority in the field and is also the spokesperson for Universal Bioenergy, a Mississippi-based biodiesel manufacturer. While he acknowledges that an increase in the usage of biodiesel would profit Universal Bioenergy, he is quick to point out that the benefits for other companies and industries, not to mention the positive environmental aspects, far outstrip those of the biofuel manufacturers.
“The benefits to the environment are substantial,” Dr. Craven explains. “We’ve all seen a truck pull away from the lights in a huge cloud of black smoke, well with biodiesel that is greatly reduced. It essentially contains no sulfur, so it reduces acid rain caused by regular diesel exhaust emissions which contain sulfur. Biodiesel also produces far smaller carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other hydrocarbon emissions. And of course because you’re growing more plants from which to manufacture the fuel, there is more vegetation to consume these remaining carbon emissions anyway. It’s a closed-loop which is great news for the environment.”
This ‘green’ side to biodiesel doesn’t just impact the environment, but is a tremendous stimulant to the economy. Biodiesel is manufactured from vegetable oils – American farmers’ crops – and animal fats/greases. Some of the plants used for producing biodiesel ‘feedstocks’ can grow in areas not suitable for ‘edible foodstock’ plants, therefore farmers and co-operatives can utilize formerly unused land with which to generate increased revenues. Additionally, many of these alternative feedstock crops available for biodiesel production can produce more than twice the oil yield of edible foodstock crops – which in turn leads to increased productivity and increased revenues for the American agricultural industry and its associated service industries.
Perhaps biodiesel’s ace in the hole is that it is a 100% renewable fuel. “Crude oil is running out, and when anything goes into short supply, its price increases,” observes Dr. Craven. “As this happens, biodiesel will become even more cost-effective for users. There are already tax breaks for green fuel companies and they usually pass on their savings to the consumers via price cuts. As productivity increases, this trend will increase also.”
It is such an elegant
and simple solution – certainly not rocket science. Although, with the
advances in technology that Dr. Craven and his peers are spearheading,
perhaps biodiesel will be used as the rocket fuel of the future. But
wherever it leads, the opportunity to decrease our spending in the
About Dr. Richard Craven
Dr. Richard Craven is the national spokesperson for Universal Bioenergy. Much of his career has been spent in the chemical research and development of environmentally friendly fuels and alternative energy. Dr. Craven worked as lead chemical researcher and developer at Antek Research Inc. – a non-profit research firm specializing in environmental issues, including optimizing biodiesel processes.