HIGHTOWER: Make Your Car A "Veggie Vehicle"

Welcome to the Veggie Van. It's the brainchild of Joshua and Kaia Tickell of Sarasota, Florida -- two twenty-something bioneers who crisscross America in their standard-issue diesel Winnebago, powering it on nothing but used vegetable oil. Repeat: Used Vegetable Oil.They get the oil -- for free! -- from fast food restaurants as they travel. Instead of pulling up to Exxon or Mobil, they simply pull up to a McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts, which are always glad to unload used cooking oil. Kaia and Joshua then make a simple mixture of three ingredients: (1) the used veggie oil; (2) a small dab of lye; and (3) a bit of Methanol. Mix it all vigorously, let it set for eight hours, then pour the pure "bio-diesel" off the top directly into the fuel tank of your vehicle. Crank up your engine ... and away you go! By the way, the solid matter that falls to the bottom in this easy mixing process is glycerin soap -- so you can make the fuel, then wash your hands with what remains.I stress that this bio-diesel can be put in any diesel vehicle, without any adjustment of any kind to the motor. Indeed, Dr. Rudolf Diesel, who invented the engine back in 1892, intended it to run on vegetable oil.This is Jim Hightower saying ... Joshua and Kaia are the kind of grassroots innovators America needs to move us toward energy sanity. To go with them, order their how-to book, titled From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank. To get it, call them at 1-800-BOOK LOG.

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