Q. I work for a Major Oil Company and I have opened my eyes, but I am not sure I am on the right track. Maybe you could help me understand. But this much I know I work in a heavily regulated and extremely dangerous and unhealthful business. We blow $16 million on a well that has a high water cut. I wonder what $16 million in Oil Palms would produce? What would $16 million of any plant produce and what good economic effect and environmental effect would it produce? Would it take the pollution out of the air?
Can a Gasoline engine be converted to run on biodiesel? Why do I care you might ask? The production of Oil and Gas uses a lot of energy and has a horrible toll on those who produce it. The energy to repeatedly lift 50K to 1.5M pounds of steel in and out of a hole 6000-26000 feet deep how much energy could that be compared to growing plants? not to mention the energy making all the equipment to drill and produce the Oil. It just blows me away from Well to gas tank to milk carton. I think I just fell out of the box.
1. What would $16 million in Oil Palms would produce? What would $16 million of any plant produce?
The exact amounts I don’t know, but I do know that Palm oil is the most productive of ALL oil crops – see comparison chart @ http://journeytoforever.org/biodiesel_yield.html
2. What good economic effect and environmental effect would it produce?
Take a look at our “Introduction to Biodiesel” @
http://pathtofreedom.com/biodiesel/Introduction%20to%20Biodiesel.pdf (pdf file) There is a lot of information & charts in it that can answer these questions.
Also, Biodiesel, as with most things, has some drawbacks. A lot commercial bioidesel comes from VIRGIN oil, not WASTE oil, so it can take a lot of energy to make biodiesel – see http://www.slate.com/id/2122961/ and http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/July05/ethanol.toocostly.ssl.html
We use our own homebrewed biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil that we collect for free. By using waste oil, we are recycling a waste product — getting double the energy out of it. When I last checked there was 3 BILLION gallons of waste oil is available yearly in the United States.
3. Would it take the pollution out of the air?
Biodiesel does reduce emissions quite a lot – see page 11 of our Introduction to Biodiesel @ http://pathtofreedom.com/biodiesel/Introduction%20to%20Biodiesel.pdf
4. Can a Gasoline engine be converted to run on biodiesel?
Converting a gasoline engine vehicle to a diesel engine one can be done but it may be costly. It can be done to certain chevy/gmc models, jeep, also land rovers. We looked into doing this also because we had a hard time finding our diesel 1988 Suburban. We were told it would cost over $10,000.00. It just appears easier and more cost effective to buy a used diesel vehicle. Here are a few links that may interest you: