[permaculture] Driver Ticketed for Using Biofuel
mike.brian at gmail.com
Fri Jun 15 01:36:17 EDT 2007
I read about that, there is a discussion on the slashquirer. He was
actually paying more for fuel and got busted by revenuers. He's lucky
they didn't take a pickaxe to his car like the old still down by the
On Wed, 2007-06-13 at 21:12 -0400, Marimike6 at cs.com wrote:
> Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on
> foreign oil.
> So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to
> convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He bought soybean oil
> in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, spending about 30 percent more than diesel would
> His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000
> fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes. He has been told to expect
> another $1,000 fine from the federal government.
> To legally use veggie oil, state officials told him, he would have to first
> post a $2,500 bond.
> Teixeira is one of a growing number of fuel-it-yourselfers -- backyard
> brewers who recycle restaurant grease or make moonshine for their car tanks. They do
> it to save money, reduce pollution or thumb their noses at oil sheiks.
> They're also caught in a web of little-known state laws that can stifle
> energy independence. [.....]
> "...officials say they'll keep pursuing taxes on all fuels used in highway
> vehicles. With its 29.9-cent a gallon gas tax, the state collects $1.2 billion
> each year to pay for road construction."
> Damn hippies...
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