Apparently, the National Biodiesel Board has signed up 28 college students in the U.S. to defend the biodiesel industry. In a profile of one of these biofuel saviors, Mikkel Leslie at Oregon State University, DJC Oregon writes about her work to convince people about biodiesel's benefits. Leslie takes trips to state fairs and campuses to spread the word, and the overall message is that finding a solution rests on the shoulders of the young.
What's more interesting, from a macro perspective, though, is this:
The biofuels industry is struggling, according to Ian Hill, CEO of Sequential Biofuels in Eugene. Manufacturers are focused more on creating vehicles that run on electricity than on diesel, and concerns remain that insufficient feedstock will be available to support a full-scale biodiesel industry.
We're of mixed emotions here. On the one hand, we're all for competition and believe that if biodiesel can't compete in an auto industry that's seen the light on plug-in vehicles, then it should fall aside. On the other hand, biodiesel offers a lot of benefits – especially if it can be effectively made from algae – and shouldn't be discarded because it's not the gasoline alternative du jour. There will come a time when we want a biodiesel range extender in our plug-in hybrid, right? So, the point here is we wish Leslie well, but understand she's got a seriously uphill battle to fight.

[Source: DJC Oregon | Image: jsbarrie – C.C. License 2.0]

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