New Amtrak Train Runs On Beef

Beef by-products, turned into bio-diesel, make up 20% of the fuel being used today by Amtrak's Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

Ariel Schwartz writes, "Amtrak says that the cow tallow (read: rendered fat from cattle) fuel reduces hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions by 10%, cuts down on particulates by 15%, and reduces sulfates by 20% compared to standard diesel."

The switch to beef power came about because Amtrak was seeking to source biodiesel locally, and the cow diesel is produced in Texas.

Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesperson, said on Triple Pundit, "We asked our local fuel provider for a bio-based product," he said. "There was not a lot of corn and soy based product [but] there is a lot of cattle production in that area."

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Do the emissions reduction statistics count the fact the meat production is grossly energy inefficient and adds up to at least 18% of GHG emissions? (according to the UN).

This increases demand and profit associated with a product that wreaks utter havoc on the environment. Shortsighted at best.

Waste streams and closing loops.

This is a by-product of production, meant to make more efficient an inefficient emergy stream. Wealth drives the demand for meat, and I don't see any indication that demand for cattle will grow just to grow a minuscule fraction of a market.



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