Tuesday, January 20, 2009

When you require other people to pay costs for your benefit 

Ed Morrissey reports on the stalling of our school buses last week because of the blending of biodiesel. The superintendent in Sauk Rapids reported the same thing -- several buses were having trouble on Wednesday, and they could not risk broken down buses Friday. Things appear to have been worse in the Cities. (Wiki on gelling of biodiesel.)

We currently require a 2% blend of biofuel in our diesel(known as B2). The Legislature passed last May a rule requiring an increase of diesel to a 5% blend, B5. Many metro area bus districts have actually moved to B10 and B20. Governor Pawlenty and DFLers have both supported biodiesel standards here. Is anyone going to ask the question whether they are appropriate for our climate?

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