As evidence mounts for the link between climate change and fossil fuels, many people are looking for more sustainable fuel choices. Whether you want it or not, you’re already driving with fuel that’s been a plant quite recently.
Anyone who fills their tank with regular gasoline in southern or western Oregon gets fuel that is 10% ethanol, a substance made from corn. The state is phasing in a mandate that will include eastern Oregon starting this fall. Diesel drivers can go with 100% vegetable oil, but all diesel sold in Portland is at least 5% bio based. In the rest of Oregon there’s a minimum 2% bio requirement for diesel. Tax incentives for producers and consumers mean more and more Oregonians are part of the lifecycle of biofuels.
How much of the fuel in your tank was grown in a field rather than pumped out of the ground? What informs your fuel choices?
- Kent Madison: Owner of Madison Farms
- Bill Jaeger: Professor in the department of agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University
- John Galloway: Sustainable economy program director for the Oregon Environmental Council
- Jim Green: “Ambassador” of Kettle Foods