We can no longer deny that the fossil fuels we are constantly burning are harming our environment. We see evidence of the damage we’ve done all over the world, manifesting in many different ways. It’s overwhelming to wonder what we – all seven billion of us – could possibly do to reverse that, when the fuel that’s so dangerous for the planet is the one we use to get around and get things done every day. But it seems that the answer doesn’t have to be getting rid of our vehicles and abandoning our factories; if we could just produce cleaner fuel that’s equally (if not more) efficient and far less harmful to the environment, we could continue doing exactly what we’re doing, and we wouldn’t be putting ourselves at risk of mass extinction.
Biodiesel is a type of biofuel that is already being made and being thoroughly researched in various locations throughout the world. Rather than relying on coal and oil to power our fossil fuel, we would rely on farmers to grow crops that produce the energy which makes biofuel function. And they’re not rare or exotic crops that we’d be using, either: corn, rapeseed, soy and switchgrass are all extremely common and have high biofuel potential. Studies have shown that biodiesel is more efficient than both gasoline and diesel in fuel efficiency, and produces far less carbon dioxide emissions than either of them. Using pure biodiesel not only drastically reduces nasty emissions, but it can even repair the damage done by gasoline- and diesel-produced smog, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide. Biodiesel also has no toxic chemicals that would require a long and arduous cleaning process if it were to spill.
An entire cargo ship packed fully with drums of biodiesel could spill into the ocean and cause no harm at all, because it is biodegradable. It’s a renewable source of energy that is very easy and cheap to produce, yet is even more efficient than the fossil fuels that we use today. So why aren’t we using biodiesel all over the world? Well, for one, it would require massive amounts of money, resources and time to establish “energy farms” dedicated to growing the crops we need in order to generate biofuel. At this point in time, it’s just not viable. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no hope, and it doesn’t mean that there won’t come a day when biodiesel starts being implemented by our society on a massive scale. As long as we continue to refine biofuel and consider how we can begin to incorporate it into the busy world of modern humans. Someday, biofuel could be one of the resources that saves humankind from self-destructing.