MakeMagazine has articles about making biodiesel, and about using it in cars.

However, this week on their blog, they give warning to those using biodiesel that they could be fined by local and federal government regulators: for not paying fuel taxes.

Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil….

His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000 fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes.

There are questions about pollution and danger of fires from making biodiesel in your home, so government has to regulate it, but in these cases it seems more like punishing someone for a good deed… by some tax loving bureaucrat.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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