Gallery: First Train Fueled by Beef Biodiesel Hits the Rails in Texas


The nation’s first commuter train using a cleaner renewable biodiesel fuel blend launched yesterday as Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer chugged from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Fort Worth, Texas on a blend of diesel and a beef byproduct. The fuel is a B20 blend — 20% biofuel and 80% diesel — and the Heartland Flyer will be conducting a 12-month study on the effects of the fuel on the train’s emissions, mechanics and performance. Officials are hoping the ride will prove just as enjoyable for passenger’s while saving Amtrak fuel costs and the environment some harmful emissions.

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  1. aligatorhardt August 6, 2010 at 10:44 am

    While I understand the concern over agri-business pollution and use of resources, there are large amounts of waste products in the meat business. Bone, skin, excess fat is left over from meat production and is often ground up to be dried and added to hog and chicken feed. If these waste products were used for fuel that would be ok. I would prefer plant based sources, but use of waste is better than throwing it out. If we want to reduce meat production, the best way is to stop buying it. Bio-diesel is an important resource to get us off petroleum with vehicles that are not easily converted to electric.

  2. Mulpuzo April 27, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I agree.

    The meat industry and bio fuel – neither should be considered “green” in their own right. While the production of biofuel could be considered green in countries with actual laws like the States, – most is produced in cheaper places like Indonesia (where the government has been trying to get the UN to call their palm oil plantations “forests” – with no wildlife. And any real “green” person knows that meat industry is one of the major sources of advancing climate change. This has even been agreed upon by the UN:

    I hope initiatives like these are seen for what they really are.

  3. sheeep April 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Is this really a “cleaner” energy? Containing 80% of diesel and the rest comes from environmentally and animal rightfully the most nasty industry – I can only see this as another green washed reality of the US where anything that sounds “green” is “good”.

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