Sunday, March 18 marks the birthday of Rudolph Diesel, who invented the diesel engine in 1900; it has also been designated National Biodiesel Day by the National Biodiesel Board, founded in 1992 by state soybean commodity groups. Diesel originally designed his engine to run on peanut oil and believed in the role of vegetable oils as alternative fuels. His vision has come full circle as organizations such as the NBB encourage research and use of biofuels.
For more on alternative energy sources, browse these books:
Driving Climate Change: Cutting Carbon From Transportation by Daniel Sperling and James S. Cannon
A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World by Peter Tertzakian
Pollution: Opposing Viewpoints by Louise Gerdes
Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives by Edwin Black
Homeowners Guide to Energy Independence: Alternative Power Sources for the Average American by Christine Woodside
The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy by Peter W. Huber and Mark Mills
So, what is the solution to our dependence on oil? Share your thoughts.