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Oh! But I am serious, and it¶s all happening. Could this be D-Day for Petrol and Black Oil fuelled Wars? Perhaps not, using µrecycled vegetable oil¶ as fuel for car engines might not form a major or the biggest invasion of the Petrol Industry, but if it became µbig¶ it is likely to be sat on by the powers that be supporting the Black Oil Economy, although from an Environmental and µwaste not, want not¶ stand-point it is something to be taken seriously, implemented and developed. It could solve a few oily problems in London. For example, Soho and Leicester Square¶s Restaurants literally clog the drains with µfat¶. London¶s underground infra structure is groaning with age and rising high population usage. The London sewer system was founded by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, follow µThe Great Stink¶ of 1858, when the stench of sewage discharged to the Thames forced Parliament to rise. Nowadays, what is happening unseen below nose level, beneath feet level, is something that could benefit at least diesel engines if collected and converted into environmentally-friendly µfuel¶ for cars.
³The 100 tonnes of cooking fat poured down Thames Water's sewer network each year quickly solidifies and has to be removed, often by hand, at an annual cost of £7 million. The high concentration of food outlets makes Soho a particular 1 problem area - it once it took the flushers eight weeks to remove a solid 150-foot slug of fat beneath Leicester Square.´
People may be skeptical about the first car engine invented to run on water (1936 USA, 1938 UK), a little matter we don¶t hear about, or car engines running on Zero-Point Energy2, or are not able to encompass the mechanics and applications of them to utilize such information. However, did you know that Rudolf Diesel designed his engine to run on vegetable oil? In 1912 he said: ³The use of vegetable oils may seem insignificant today but they may in time become every bit as important as petrol.´ Although using vegetable oil for fuel is not a brand new concept, Rapeseed oil underwent a local public transport trial in Reading, Berkshire, by buses not too long ago. In South Wales January 2003, Supermarkets were first to be put on alert that sudden rises in sales of µcooking oil¶ were not suspect, but more a case of µNot Fry, But Drive¶! 3 In Canada, one report in a Canadian paper talked of Law Enforcement Officers doing roundthe-clock stakeouts in the aisles of Asda that netted a couple buying 100 litres of oil at a time and were nicknamed µthe Frying Squad¶! Affects are being seen in America today: In Weston, Connecticut, USA, car owners grappling with pumped-up petrol prices are turning to their favourite restaurants for recycled vegetable oil. One lady solved the problem by fortnightly forays to her local Chinese restaurant to fuel her Volkswagen Jetta. She collects a few buckets of used oil, uses a colander and a bag filter to remove water and any food particles. The resulting oil is poured into a 15 gallon tank in the back of her Jetta and via a button fixed above the radio, she switches from diesel to vegetable oil in seconds. In this neck of the woods, restaurants have to pay to get rid of their old vegetable oil and so are happy to give it away for free! Another restaurant co-owner uses it, and yet another collecting around 30-40 gallons twice a month from the same restaurant, who drives long distances said: ³The only way I can assuage my guilt by driving this awful distance is by driving something that isn¶t consuming fossil fuels and has much more environmentally friendly emissions.´4 So, the run on cooking-oil for Biomass Energy is obviously seriously well underway in other parts of the world. Then again, it was Astrologer Johnathan Cainer in July of last year, µOn The Road to Clean Air¶, having met Daniel Blackhurn of µThe Low Impact Living Initiative¶ (LILI) who runs courses on the subject, who helped make some important simple practical issues clear.5
Yes, you can use ordinary vegetable oil, the kind you fry chips in, but it only works in diesel engines. It doesn¶t harm the engine or spoil the performance. It will work with oil that¶s been used for frying, provided it is filtered. If you want to use µunused¶ oil and buy it from the Supermarket, you won¶t get clobbered by the law if you pay tax on it. ³The way the law stands, you are supposed to declare every drop you use for driving and then pay 26p per litre to the Government. As long as you do that, they can¶t touch you!´ This does not entail reams of paperwork either, call 0845-010-9000 for the appropriate simple Form. This means you will still pay less tax than on the garage forecourt, as normal Diesel fuel is taxed at 40p per litre. COMMENT: So why is not every Local Authority creating a special team of µused oil¶ collectors to service all restaurants and building central refineries for recycling this wonderful gunge of µused oil¶ from Restaurants all over the country to sell to the public not happening? Existing garages could be used as depots. Who knows, such an organized effort for profit could help reduce the rises in your Council Tax! Remember if you are thinking about getting a diesel engine: Running a car on vegetable oil is green, clean and NOT illegal as long as you declare every litre you use and pay tax on it. You can re-use old cooking oil if you filter it first. It¶s better to put processed hydrogenated oil and trans-fatty acids into your engine than into your stomach! ± your car engine won¶t know the difference. Don¶t let the GM-Protagonists use this µoil for fuel¶ innovation as an excuse to lumber us with GM-Rapeseed oil, there has already been a large scale µaccident¶ with Scottish farmers in May 2000 unknowingly growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops after planting cross-pollinated oilseed rape from Canada, which occurred in France, Germany and Sweden also ± The seed supplied by Advanta Seeds, which is a joint venture between Anglo-Swedish group AstraZeneca Plc and Cosun, a Dutch co-operative.6 The Government advised farmers who accidentally planted GM cops to destroy them or dispose of them after they had been harvested. Others rightly suggested they be dug up, as leaving them till after pollination is like µDisaster written on the Wind¶! 7 Scientists have already found strong evidence that GM crops can spread long distances from where they have been planted and spawn µsuperweeds¶ ± it blows into neighbouring farms and different GM strain can interbreed, producing superweeds that are resistant to a wide range of herbicides.6 This produces transgenic weeds. µRape¶ is a good name for Rapeseed, Canola, Colza, Oil-seed Rape (Brassica napus: Brassicaceae), for while the UK Govt. is promoting 5-a-day fruit and vegetables to get the population into better healthy eating to combat the over-weight and obesity epidemic, Rape belongs to the same family as anticarinogenic broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, all of which have the potential to cross with mutants of the same order or genetic family. Our health may indeed be µraped¶ by the adoption of GM crops that interfere with our natural first line of defence against all ills, the Food Medicine in our daily diets. References:
1 2 3 www.defra.gov.uk/news/issues/2004/sewer-300304.asp µHow to Run Your Car on Zero Point Energy¶ by Barry Hilton 1998 ± www.nutech2000.com Monday January 20th 2003, The Guardian µFry and Drive¶ ASDA Swansea South Wales. www.guardian.co.uk
Daniel Blackburn http://www.lowimpact.org/infosheetvegoilmotoring.pdf. View as Hotmail. And for conversion info. www.lowimpact.org www.cainer.com Reuters May 18th www.thecampaign.org/may00r.htm & µ2000: µGM Blunder Leaves Farmers in Uproar¶ 27th May 2000 BBC News www.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics For some other general and specific information on cooking oils for biofuel view: www.northwales.org.uk/biopower/links.htm and other websites. For the adventurous see www.angelfire.com/ad/egel/diesel/html and Daniel Blackburn¶s drive from Land¶s End to John O Groats.
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