Bio Diesel and Climate Change

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 6:29 PM CDT

DULUTH, MINN. -----Bio diesel is an alternative fuel produced from animal fats, vegetable oils or waste grease and Minnesota is the leading user of this fuel.

On Monday, the American Lung Association of Minnesota hosted a Bio–Diesel workshop at the Holiday Inn in Duluth to inform the public on the benefits of using the alternative fuel.

Since May of last year all diesel fuel sold in Minnesota has contained a five percent blend of bio diesel.

This has reduced the annual Co2 emission by 644 pounds.

Experts say an increase in the bio diesel blend will mean even cleaner air and less emission from vehicle tail pipes.

"Anything that we can do to make the engines and the fuel more efficient and less polluting," Robert Moffitt, the communication director of the American Lung Association said. "It's going to help the lung health of everyone in the state."

By the year 2012 the bio diesel blend is expected to increase by 10 percent, reducing Co2 emissions by 1.3 billion pounds.

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