Car owners are turning to vegetable oil as cleaner, cheaper fuel alternative
- As car owners across the country grapple with pumped-up gas prices, some
are turning to their favorite restaurants for a solution: recycled
This is not new. Dieseline can indeed be mixed with vegetable
oils, including filtered waste from fish-&-chip and other shops producing
that ikon of modern agribusiness & fast food, the "french fry" properly
known as your chip.
The air pollution from diesel engines is IMHO the most neglected
public health hazard of cities today. The changes wrought in those
polycyclic aromatics and other carcinogens adsorbed on the huge surface
area of those invisible sub-micron particles will not be analysed, let
alone their syngergisms with other carcinogens & mutagens & teratogens,
much less their possible mental harm (you didn't think those Noo Yrkrs or
Aucklanders could get any stupider or nastier? - think again).
Other organic dieseline admixtures are feasible, and more or less
mechanically proven but not environmentally assessed. One neglected option
for big tallow producers is transesterification in methanol to make methyl
esters which turn out to work fine in a diesel tractor (etc). New Zealand
could use some of the methanol now exported from the world's biggest
methanol factory ... but of course this would not be Export-Led Growth
Some synthetic fuels have turned out to cause damage to engines,
e.g S. Africa's Sasol synthetic petrol (from coal) and the "91 octane®"
Mobil/Bechtel synthetic petrol from offshore gas at Motunui, NZ have to be
diluted with ordinary petrol (from crude oil). Used straight, these fuels
can burn holes in pistons (by plasma-torches in ring lands - the
byproduct high-speed knock being often inaudible. The air pollution which
is presumably a side-effect of this detonation has not been examined.
Similarly, nobody is going to pay to study the changes in air pollution
when your local Macdonalds turns a liability into an asset by filtering its
degraded deep-frying medium into dieseline.
Caution would therefore seem warranted before admixing much
filtered darkened partly-oxidised fish-&-chip oil into dieseline.
Sci-fi subplots could be along various lines. Changes could be
imagined in levels of air pollutants from diesel engines burning discarded
soybean oil. Monsanto PR agents could claim - here's a giggle, you
lurking PR agents - that oil from one of their GM-bastard soymutants
caused, when burned in diesel motors after use in fast-food deep-frying,
remarkably different levels of air pollution. If the changes were
downward, that factoid could serve in Monsanto (etc) PR to augment the
benefits already claimed for the GM-bastard from which the oil had been
partly made; if on the other hand, the changes were upward, and couldn't be
suppressed, we might develop a BBC miniseries with Percy Schmeiser sueing
Monsanto for much more than has been awarded the other way ...
Another family of sci-fi would feature deviant metabolites in
Monsanto's NuLeaf® GM-bastard potato which was claimed to supply 5% of the
USA potato market before its sales fell, fast-food chains quit buying it,
and the bastard was withdrawn. Could Meryl Streep come out of retirement
to play the elegant complainant in a damages suit against Big M along the
lines of 'Silkwood' ... ?
But all such scenarios could be difficult for Monsanto PR to
co-manage with their basic "substantial® equivalence" PR fantasy ... so
these plots probably won't emerge from the vicinity of St Louis any time
Speculating on GM-fantasies is no mere humourous aside. Nearly
every public utterance about GM has been massaged by PR agents. Since what
is routinely uttered by the gene-jockeys about benefits from GMOs is almost
all false - merely fantasies, wishful thinking - it is useful in this
PR-war to develop the preposterous fantasizing that is the main
stock-in-trade of the offenders. One reason is to mock the liars - tho'
the headroom remaining for satire is getting pretty cramped as stronger
psychotropics are tested on PR agents producing more & more ludicrous
A puzzle is the continued pouring of billions from venture-drongos
taken in by dual-role scientist/PR operatives e.g Conner. How do the
venture-drongos come to be so poorly informed?