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  • The real cost of biofuel

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Another sign that the United States isn't truly ready to eliminate its dependency on fossil fuels.

    <blockquote><em>Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

    So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He bought soybean oil in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, spending about 30 percent more than diesel would cost.

    His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000 fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes. He has been told to expect another $1,000 fine from the federal government.

    To legally use veggie oil, state officials told him, he would have to first post a $2,500 bond.</em></blockquote>

    Read: <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/599471.html">Driver ticketed for using biofuel</a>

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