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The Oil and Water Project has now completed its National Awareness Tour now and the traveling team will set out to be the first to traverse the entire length of the Americas in a vehicle fueled completely by non-petroleum products.
   

Seth Warren (left) & Tyler Brandt (right) Photo credit - Woods Wheatcroft / www.Woodswheatcroft.com

When people talk about the skyrocketing cost of gasoline, they’re not just talking about fuel prices in the United States it’s worldwide. To make matters worse, questions are also springing up regarding how much fossil fuel usage may, or may not, be contributing to escalating global temperature. Figuring out who should be getting us out of this mess is a matter of opinion and fuel for debate; some people believe the government should do something to lower the cost of crude oil, while others think it’s the automobile manufacturers who need to make a more efficient vehicle. Still others take matters into their own hands; driving less, carpooling or using public transit. I, myself, like to ride the bicycle.

  Then there are the rarest of breeds - like Seth Warren and Tyler Brandt - who go their own way; doing the manufacturers’ job for them.

  Warren and Brandt are two pioneers in the growing use of an alternative fuel called Biodiesel. A domestically-produced, renewable fuel, Biodiesel is typically a mixture of 80% regular diesel and 20% oil extracted from vegetables. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, burning this concoction, known as B20, results in a 12% reduction in soot and carbon monoxide and a 20% reduction in hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons are known as cancer-causing agents and many scientists have linked their
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release to global warming. Biodiesel can also be used in its pure form, called B100, resulting in even greater reductions of harmful emissions.

  The use of Biodiesel is starting to catch on, but, with all that science, many would-be users need proof that it works. That’s where Warren and Brandt come in.


The two professional kayakers recently acquired and retrofitted a used Japanese fire truck; and, with the help of a few Sandpoint welders, morphed what was once a water expelling (gas guzzling) life saver into a vegetable oil producing, earth-friendly touring vessel.
Biodiesel is starting to catch on
 

The two professional kayakers recently acquired and retrofitted a used Japanese fire truck; and, with the help of a few Sandpoint welders, morphed what was once a water expelling (gas guzzling) life saver into a vegetable oil producing, earth-friendly touring vessel.

  The vehicle, which can itself run on the fuel it produces, now holds a 200 gallon seed hopper that feeds seed into a champion juicer-like press, squeezing out oil for one of the two fuel tanks. It also features a fold-out platform for sleeping, as well as a movable spiral staircase to a stage-like roof where kayaks and other gear are stored.

  Manhattan, New York - Earth Day/Green Apple Festival. Photo credit - Dunbar Hardy / www.dunbarhardy.com

The vehicle, which can itself run on the fuel it produces, now holds a 200 gallon seed hopper that feeds seed into a champion juicer-like press, squeezing out oil for one of the two fuel tanks. It also features a fold-out platform for sleeping, as well as a movable spiral staircase to a stage-like roof where kayaks and other gear are stored.

  Today, with help from the Biofuels Education Coalition, Warren and Brandt are taking their show on the road. Called “The Oil and Water Project”, they’ve presented the vehicle and its Biodiesel capabilities at elementary schools, festivals and even New York City’s annual Earth Day celebration. Warren and Brandt plan to make their way to Chile, completing the first leg of what they hope will be a six-leg world tour.

  The objectives of the trip are simple:
 
1. advocate for alternative fuels, 2. travel the world kayaking rivers along the way, 3. create awareness and support for the growing petroleum- free industry.

  Oddly enough, while biofuel usage seems cutting edge, when we look back on two other pioneers of automobile manufactory, Rudolph Diesel and Henry Ford, we find that they were advocates of biofuels as well, including, but not limited to, peanut oil and ethanol.

  There seems to be no end of questions and concern regarding the rising price of fuel. It inherently affects the prices of goods we buy in stores and adds to the profits of “stay the course” oil companies.

  For biofuel advocates like Warren and Brandt, the world’s precarious dependence on petroleum was made all to clear after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina last year.

  As refineries and oil rigs up and down the Gulf Coast were destroyed, prices surged, and, Exxon Mobile, recently named the world’s most profitable company, enjoyed a windfall at the pumps.

  How can we as consumers take matters into our own hands? Some of us, fortunately, can travel around the world using clean, renewable fuel. Some of us can start by sharing information about the need to transport ourselves in ways that
treat our lungs and our planet responsibly.
  Though the cost of Biodiesel is on par
with the current price of regular diesel, the fact that we can literally grow the seed here on our own soil convinces at least two world-class kayakers that it’s worth exploring.

 

  The question for them, and other alternative fuel proponents, is not what other people or organizations should do for us, but how we can get this boat from point A to point B responsibly and economically.

  The Oil and Water Project has now completed its National Awareness Tour now and the traveling team will set out to be the first to traverse the entire length of the Americas in a vehicle fueled completely by non-petroleum products.

  This journey will run from Alaska on July 1, 2006 to Chile April 1, 2007, marking the first leg of the World Tour.

  The Oil and Water Project will span six legs in the next 10 years, and produce a global network for Alternative Fuels Advocacy.

For more information on Seth Warren and Tyler Brandt’s travels go online to:
www.OilandWaterProject.com and look for them as they drive into a town, or paddle down a river, near you.

 

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