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There are numerous alternative fuels on the market from hydrogen fuel to biodiesel. Biodiesel is made from biological ingredients such as corn, soybeans or animal fats instead of fossil fuels. It can be used in many diesel vehicles without any changes to their current fuel system.
Hydrogen fuel is considered to be the perfect fuel by many because the hydrogen is consumed by a pollution-free chemical reaction in the fuel cell. Hydrogen is also the most abundant element in the universe so it seems that there would never be a shortage. Hybrid vehicles are another option for a works on some type of renewable energy, and many of us have owned some type of hybrid vehicle, such as a moped. Hybrid cars are any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power such as gasoline and electric. By replacing some of the fossil fuels we currently use, such as gasoline or diesel, with alternative fuels such as biodiesel or hydrogen fuel, we can impact global warming for the better. Alternative fuels significantly cut the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
While it is true that more than just our vehicles play into this, such as where the fuel was manufactured and what renewable energy resources they used to make the fuel, using alternative fuels is a starting point. Eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels is essential to our future. Alternative fuels are an environmentally friendly way to begin. There are numerous makes and models of vehicles on the market that take advantage of these new renewable fuel options.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|