Friday, March 16, 2007

The costs of going green

London Free Press:

An environmentally friendlier fuel is being blamed for gunking up valves in city transit buses.

Stratford Transit stopped using biodiesel fuel in its fleet last May after the mixture began clogging exhaust-gas recirculation valves on the buses.

Replacement valves cost $1,700 each.

The clogging made the buses smoke and lose power.
Lest you think Foxy Loxy has lost a tooth, read on:
But some members of the committee said crud in the metal tank that stores the fuel could be partly to blame.

[Transit manager Bruce] Schaefer said a filter on the fuel-storage tank and two fuel filters on the buses should take care of any particles from the flaking tank.

Community services director Dan Martin said Schaefer will look at buying a small, above-ground, fibreglass tank to see if that improved things.

"We're prepared to do our green thing even though it costs more for the fuel."
Be prepared for increased taxes and fares because we're turning green whether we like it or not.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That famous oil-company shill, George Monbiot has an article at:

http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2005/12/06/worse-than-fossil-fuel/

puts in in perspective.

Anonymous said...

People who know what they are doing would have remembered bio diesel is a better solvent than regular diesel, and modified their fuel storage and filter maintainence schedules accordingly.

This seems to be another example of the 2 out of 3 rule: Fast, Cheap, Good; pick 2 out of 3.