Government should use more bio-diesel

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 2:45 a.m.
On Oct. 10, fleet manager Rick Hedrick, of county public works, requested the Alachua County Commissioners hear a presentation on biodiesel fuel, as it was once again available from a distributor in Lake City. It was noted in the presentation that biodiesel is a renewable resource, produced domestically, replaces petroleum diesel, reduces emissions, reduces wear on engine parts, and that the slight increase in cost is now offset by a tax credit. Thus Alachua County will now resume fueling its fleet with biodiesel.
The use of biodiesel, however, needs to be further expanded to county school buses and Gainesville RTS buses. It just makes sense to begin reducing our fossil fuel use by switching government-owned diesels to this cleaner burning alternative.

Diane Forkel,


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