Essay by ShoolemCollege, UndergraduateA-, November 2006

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We live in a day and age where a common environmental and economical phrase called the "energy crises" is used. The energy crisis is defined as "any great shortfall (or price rise) in the supply of energy to an economy. It usually refers to the shortage of oil, electricity or other natural resources. " However, shortages are not the only problem that involves the "energy crises". The energy sources that we use today (mainly petroleum) are harmful and toxic to our environment, and pollute the air that we breathe in every day. In this paper I will discuss one of the developing remedies to this problem called biodiesel and try to cover its importance to our economy and environment.

First and foremost the reader must know what biodiesel is. "Biodiesel is a diesel fuel made from biological products such as, vegetable oils, animal fats ", and its most common source, yellow grease.

Yellow grease is recycled oil from processing plants and restaurants. What this means is that biodiesel is a renewable resource, in other words it is a "Resources that can be replenished "

The most common use of energy source today is processed petroleum. We use petroleum every day to drive our car, heat our home, cook and many more daily activities. What has been obvious about petroleum is that demand for this resource has increased dramatically in the past five years although production has not. Prices at the pump of a gas station just three month ago were an extremely high three dollars a gallon as compared to five years ago when it was just one dollar a gallon.

This tells us something very important. Petroleum which is a nonrenewable resource (meaning that it will eventually become too expensive to obtain from our environment) will eventually run out,