So now we know: Volkswagen cheated on its vehicle emissions tests and this may apply to other vehicle manufacturers. What should not be news is that all cars pollute if they’re being run on petroleum-based fuels. Even the ones that pass emissions testing are still releasing greenhouse gases and toxins to the atmosphere. With this recent news, now we just know that some cars pollute more than we previously thought.
Of all the questions that have been asked about the Volkswagen scandal – who, what, when, how, and why – the most important one is: What can we do about it?
If you can afford an electric vehicle you can drive almost emissions free - if you’re certain the electricity you use to charge your car is coming from renewable sources.
But what can you do if you can’t change your car?
Change your FUEL!
The Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op (CB-DC) has been supplying 100% renewable biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil as a petro-diesel alternative since 2005. Biodiesel offers well-documented environmental, mechanical and human health benefits; it reduces CO2 and other harmful emissions to the atmosphere and our lungs, including an 80% to 90% reduction in PAHs and other carcinogens.
And for Volkswagen owners asking themselves what to do next, biodiesel is a “drop-in” fuel that can be used now in existing diesel vehicles with little or no modifications needed.
Finally, a fuel to feel good about!
The CB-DC is working to increase access to sustainably-produced, low-carbon biofuels through the growing BC Biofuel Network. The BCBN is powered by biofuel producers, distributors, waste cooking oil recyclers like Greasecycle and the local restaurants they collect from, supporters like Vancity and Coastal Communities Credit Union, and of course the most important part of the solution – people who make a real difference by using biofuels. These change-agents can be found at a local biofuel Co-op near you – in the Cowichan Valley, Victoria and Vancouver.
To find out how you can replace your polluting exhaust with the smell of French fries, visit the CB-DC website at: www.smellbetter.org
Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op
Fuel to Feel Good About!