It remains surprising to me that the climate change issue remains utterly unaddressed by global policy makers. As the climate continues to warm and the oceans continue to acidify and it becomes more difficult to ignore the extreme environmental events that are becoming commonplace, we are left to wonder why change is so slow in coming?
There is a raging political debate that is consuming the airwaves of late - apparently 4 guys in North Carolina and 3 women in Nevada can't tell the difference between the presidential candidates positions on.....just about everything (Early on, I was taught to avoid political discussions in new business settings, and I treat these posts as new business settings. I want the readers to evaluate the substance of biodiesel, rather than the ephemeral policy of biodiesel. So, I will attempt to employ objectivity from here on).
It was quite a week last week, as we drove from Chico to Chicago and back in order to participate in the [other] NRA national conference. Why drive? Hmmm, well this year we were honored and excited to be highlighted as a Kitchen Innovation Awardee, and so we had two booths rather than one, which meant we had a lot of equipment to deliver and set up, and at the time, the journey did not seem quite so......distant.
I have recently been talking to a lot of college, university and even high school administrators, and I am optimistic the upcoming school year will see a surge in small-scale biodiesel production at the campus level. There are plenty of good reasons for this increased focus on biodiesel.
I'm just back from the [other] NRA show, where no guns where needed, but a healthy appetite was demanded. It was Springboard Biodiesel's first National Restaurant Association conference, and we were impressed. Thousands of restaurant owners and hundreds of companies that sell to those restaurant owners were collected together in a sea of stainless steel equipment, free food samples and innovative restaurant ideas.
Oil is on the rise; the Middle East is chaotic; world wide commodity prices are at exorbitant levels, and the US is still debating the value of a coherent renewable energy policy. As big oil receives billions of dollars in subsidies and tax credits and then pours [literally] billions of dollars into anit-renewable lobbying (who do you think finances "clowns" like Bjorn Lomborg?) we are in danger of fully ceding our renewable technology platform to international competitors.