Biodiesel refinery in Isanti is ready to rev

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 28, 2009 - 9:00 PM

Ever Cat Fuels aims to put a dent in the amount of oil we import by turning weeds and algae, among other things, into diesel.

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auericgopherSep. 28, 09 7:08 PM

Most fleets user will not use this especially in Minnesota. Is this another Mandate with government funding?

inrealitySep. 28, 09 7:09 PM

getting any tax revenue. If it is a good business it shoud stand or fall all on its' own. We need to eliminate all government subsidies for businesses. In a free nation some fail and some succeed but the government shoud not be picking and choosing. The government is nothing more than a bunch of Americans that happen to work for the government. We shouldn't allow our fellow citizens & neighbors to go to work and try to make decisions that we should be making. Only we the people can decide what we want and what products or services have value to us. We need more freedom and less government.

ckuhlmanSep. 28, 09 7:20 PM

using waste products and and a low-energy input process to produce fuel.

dr5550Sep. 28, 09 7:30 PM

Seems like the first two writers are far more concerned about their anti-government ideology than they are about energy production. If they are like so many right-wingers that I have read, they hate gov't subsidies unless those subsidies go to oil companies.

akmscottSep. 28, 09 7:53 PM

probably go down the toilet like most of these biofuel companies!See who gets stiffed for taxes on this one!

guffmanSep. 28, 09 7:57 PM

Ooo, bio-diesel. The grand panacea for all that ails us. It's going to "save the planet". Really? From what? Oh, that's right...from MAN and his affect on "the climate". Man CAN'T affect the climate. Mother nature can't be bothered with the junk science and nearly negligible measured 0.3% of CO2 that man produces. Yes, fact. Man's efforts produce 3 tenths of one percent of the CO2 in the atmosphere. AND, if any of you paid attention, CO2 rises do not precipitate temperature increases. Who pays attention to science anymore - cause and effect...and all that jazz? Well, not nearly enough. Not a single global warming model has come CLOSE to predicting temperatures when real data is plugged in. What a joke. Sunspot activity is lowest in 11 years. Been on a decline since 1998. What have happened to temperatures since 1998? Oh yeah, they have fallen. Hmmmm. If this bio-diesel stuff sells on its own, great...then the market has spoken. If it does not, it should perish. No tax money to subsidize this crap.

rsw71756Sep. 28, 09 7:59 PM

Hopefully they will make as much money as the ethanol plants are now. The ethanol crush margin is 46 cents a gallon, pretty tidy profit. By the way, the ethanol plants do not recieve any subsidies, it is the blenders which recieve the 51 cent tax credit. Guess who the blenders are? The oil companies.

baloney2Sep. 28, 09 8:22 PM

I have read about sugar cane in Brazil,switchgrass on the prairies,algae,and various other bacteria which can be used to create the biomass.It's a shame people in this country do not recognize the benefits which would occur if biomass could be used in poorer nations. Not all energy needs to be expended on US tractors and cars,much of it can generate electricity which can provide for hospitals using diagnostic or specialized medical instruments,or pumps for wells instead of long treks for women to polluted rivers,and this same electricity could clean the waters of poor nations.As the President of Singapore noted:Air conditioning has been a driving force for our productivity. Imagine cheap sources of energy for India,Africa,Southeast Asia,South America. The wealthier countries of the world,OPEC,Japan,EU and US should all provide funding for advanced energy production for it will help equalize the disparities around the globe which lead to widespread immigration problems.This is a risk which should be taken,not a burden for taxpayers. The oil companies are similar to the beer companies.Their power comes from their distribution network which was largely subsidized by the drivers in the US.This is also true of utilities who will control any large scale production through their grid. But biomass can be created which is local.

ecurbredSep. 28, 09 8:23 PM

rsw, it's nice to see a comment on these threads that actually has the facts about ethanol production and who gets the subsidies. I am very conservative and would rather see American ethanol comapnies survive than foreign oilo companies.

SMBowner3 Sep. 28, 09 8:30 PM

I'm thrilled to see a technology that could lower our dependence on foreign oil and I'm even more excited that they are doing it without subsidies. This is the way it is supposed to work!


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