It’s undisputable fact! Biodiesel has been proven to be more environmentally responsible choice than the petroleum based diesel due in part to the following: higher postive energy balance, significant reduction in emissions, and economic impact to GDP thru domestic job creation.
POSITIVE ENERGY BALANCE
A large industry myth about biodiesel is that it is a net energy loser. The U.S. Dept of Energy and the U.S. Dept of Agriculture joined together in 1998 and produced a study that found Biodiesel to have a positive energy balance of 220% vs. the negative energy balance of 17% for petrodiesel.
It draws this conclusion: “Biodiesel yields around 3.5 units of fuel-product energy for every unit of fossil energy consumed in the life cycle. By contrast, petroleum diesel’s life cycle yields only 0.83 units of fuel-product energy per unit of fossil energy consumed.”
In other words, Petrodiesel is the fuel that takes more energy to produce than it provides in return and Biodiesel is a fuel that takes LESS energy to produce than it provides
Less toxic than table salt and more biodegradable than sugar, biodiesel contains only trace amounts of sulfur or aromatics. Biodiesel usage results in a substantial reduction of carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter. While most of us may not be experts in science or have even heard of the terms we are introducing below, these emissions show up in our bodies as headaches, asthma, cancer, overall immune deficiencies, and a host of many other diseases our bodies endure. A U.S. Department of Energy study showed that the production and use of biodiesel resulted in a 78.5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to petroleum diesel
It is estimated that approximately 51,893 jobs have been created as a result of the the biodiesel industry, adding to the Gross Domestic Product by $4.287 billion dollars. As we move into the next generation of biofuels harvesting the power of such plants as alge, the Natioanal Biodiesel Board forecast that for every 100 million gallons of biodiesel produced, an additional 16,500 jobs will be created. A stable, thriving biofuel industry is a vital component for the U.S. to decreasing USA’s dependence on foreign oil benefit.