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In the october 2008 issue, don't know if anyone else subscribes. I disagree with algae biodiesel being the future, anything that is not cost effective and is still experimental is not the future. Until it proves itself and can prove to be cost effective, it'll never be the future. There could be unknowns such as legislation, better fuels, tighter emissions, etc., who knows, that can kill it. Nice to see diesel being noticed!

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Dang, you guys got me depressed. Markus tells me I shouldn't have bought a diesel car at all, but that's based on fuel svings alone ("Diesel Revolution"). Fuel economy aside, where's all the other cools tuff we love about diesels? With the exception of NOx, they pollute less than gasoline powered vehicles. And longevity? There's the tidbit about diesel engines lasting far longer than gasoline engines. That's cool, too; trouble-free 200,000 mile cars are common. Simplicity? No distributor or spark plugs (or expensive batteyr packs). And resale value? Heck, even used diesel cars are in high demand, fetching premiums above Blue Book values. Lots of us traditional car guys are catching on to diesels. Even the oil campanies are getting involved. Shell just joined with another campany for algae biodiesel work here in Hawaii. Calling diesel "green" is almost missing the point - it's the future of fuels. I love my gasoline cars, but duesd, get with the program. Diesel cars are a lot more than fuel savers.
 
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Sure a diesel engine was last longer but does the car? If the body is rusted out, the car isn't as desirable. No distributor? This author is way out of date.
 

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Even if there's a good technology, economic interests will try to keep the status quo. Didn't you see who killed the electric car?
 

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Yes I saw the electric car movie but it's not a conspiracy to keep oil money flowing. Economic interests are just another way of saying the way the market works. If you say that economic interests=conspiracy, then it's just saying that you don't like or know how the market works.

Sometimes, existing technology is just so good that it prevents new technology from being profitable. Gasoline is easy to use, easy to transport, and profitable. Veg oil is dirty, hard to get, hard to use, and it's not worth the money savings. The prius came along at just the right time, the GM electric car had all the wrong timing, that's what killed it.
 
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