The recent 2009 State of the Air report from the American Lung Association has garnered some reaction from biodiesel boosters.
They boast that switching big rigs to biodiesel could help make for better breathing in years to come.
And various state lung associations are backing them up. Beep beep beep — like a big rig backing up to a loading ramp.
The latest State of the Air findings say that six of out 10 Americans live in areas where air pollution endangers lives.
That’s due in part to “dirty diesel engines,” the Lung Association says.
The National Biodiesel Board says state and local lung associations are recommending biodiesel use in response to this year’s report.
The alternative fuel, which can be made with soybean oil and even restaurant grease, has tremendous air benefits over petroleum-based, traditional diesel.
Biodiesel reduces air toxics by 90 percent, particulate matter up to 40 percent and can be blended with petroleum diesel for use on the road, according to the Biodiesel Board.
In Michigan, the Department of Agriculture also encourages biodiesel use, noting that it reduces net carbon dioxide emissions by more than 75 percent over petroleum diesel and has the highest energy balance of any fuel.
The American Lung Association of Illinois says biodiesel “has proven to be a cleaner-burning diesel fuel,” and is the first and only alternative fuel to complete health effects and emissions testing under two tiers of the Clean Air Act.