Saturday, December 27, 2008

Your Fat Ass Can Power Your Vehicle

For a time, Beverly Hills doctor Craig Alan Bittner turned the fat he removed from patients into biodiesel that fueled his Ford SUV and his girlfriend's Lincoln Navigator.
Love handles can power a car? Frighteningly, yes. Fat--whether animal or vegetable--contains triglycerides that can be extracted and turned into diesel. Poultry companies such as Tyson are looking into powering their trucks on chicken schmaltz, and biofuel start-ups such as Nova Biosource are mixing beef tallow and pig lard with more palatable sources such as soybean oil. Mike Shook of Agri Process Innovations, a builder of biodiesel plants, says this year's batch of U.S. biodiesel was likely more than half animal-derived since the price of soybeans soared.
A gallon of grease will get you about a gallon of fuel, and drivers can get about the same amount of mileage from fat fuel as they do from regular diesel, according to Jenna Higgins of the National Biodiesel Board. Animal fats need to undergo an additional step to get rid of free fatty acids not present in vegetable oils, but otherwise, there's no difference, she says.
Greenies like the fact that waste, such as coffee grounds and french-fry grease, can be turned into power. "The vast majority of my patients request that I use their fat for fuel--and I have more fat than I can use," Bittner wrote on "Not only do they get to lose their love handles or chubby belly but they get to take part in saving the Earth." Bittner's lipodiesel Web site is no longer online.
Using fat to fuel cars might be environmentally friendly, but it's definitely illegal in California to use human medical waste to power vehicles, and Bittner is being investigated by the state's public health department.
Although it's unclear when Bittner started and stopped making fat fuel or how he made it, his activities came to light after recent lawsuits filed by patients that allege he allowed his assistant and his girlfriend to perform surgeries without a medical license.
2008-12-23 08:52:03

I can see it now,instead of carbon filled clouds it will be replaced by cellulite and the rain will taste a little oily!
Between mine and Debbies asses we got enough fuel fo a year!

And remember........

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

And as always, thanks for listening!


Sugar said...

wow, i'll never have to buy gas...all i need to do is get a car!

Missy said...



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Linda's World said...

Interesting thought, since the US supposedly has more overweight people than any other country. Linda in WA

natalie said...

Gee Johnny
I will have to write about that in my blog!
Please go visit Joann and leave a few nice words!

Lisa said...

Hmmmmm...does this mean I now have to state that my truck is vegetarian too???

Very interesting though.

Rose said...

Hmmmmmmmmm can you donate your fat likeyou donate blood?

I'd be glad to help out and go GREEN!


Marty said...

Hi Johnny,
Yikes with a capital "Y." Knowing some of the "refried beans" who go for surgical treatment after surgical treatment here in LA-LA land, I'm amazed that his car didn't just explode ... or take him on a one-way trip to Nieman Marcus every time he started the engine.

Melissa said...

Fat as fuel? Who knew!!! lol

I wanted to email you but I don't have an email address. I just wanted to thank you sincerely for the prayers on behalf of my daughter, Emily and and my family. I have been touched beyond words by the love and prayer that I have been given. Words could never tell you what it means to me. God bless you and yours and if you ever need some prayer or support, please don't think twice before letting me know.


Adirondackcountrygal said...

That is kind of gross! Informative but gross!

Paula said...

You can put our names on list as donors.

Tracy said...

crazy! hope ur enjoying your sunday!hugs