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February 28, 2003

Smells Like a Fish 'n Chips Shop

This story broke a while back, but I never did get around to posting on it.

There’s always been a lot of talk about alternative fuels (Hydrogen-powered cars, Mr. President? Gimme a break!). But, aside from some pork-barrel (ethanol) subsidies for agri-business, not a whole lot of action.

Over in Britain, however, where taxes make fuel much more expensive than here, people have been taking matters into their own hands. Turns out that slightly-modified vegetable oil works as well as diesel, produces fewer emissions and — instead of that stinky diesel smell — has a pleasant, hunger-inducing aroma.

According to the Manchester Guardian, the authorities are none too pleased. But it’s all perfectly legal, provided you pay your taxes.

Posted by distler at February 28, 2003 9:15 AM

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Re: Smells Like a Fish 'n Chips Shop

Actually, that’s just The Guardian, a national newspaper, as opposed to the Manchester Guardian.

Posted by: Earle Martin on March 10, 2003 5:17 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Smells Like a Fish 'n Chips Shop

Yah. And The Times of London is now just The Times.

That’s a conceit not followed by The New York Times on their masthead, but one which is emulated by The Times (of Trenton, NJ) on theirs.

I guess, when there’s no chance of confusion …

Posted by: Jacques Distler on March 10, 2003 11:30 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

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