Oil crisis solution: vegetable oils in the domestic fuel oil
With the barrel of crude oil costing US $67 and the domestic fuel oil at nearly 90 francs/100 l many families now are wondering, how they will manage to put together enough money to keep their furnaces burning through this winter.
Modern cars have lower consumption and mass transport in Switzerland is well developed, therefore we could make some savings in the transport area. But it would be quite hazardous to rely on a moderate winter, because in the contrary case we would pay much higher price in the midst of the heating season. Some people will have to limit their consumption of hot water and save on the heating. However there exists a simple way, how to bring down the bill by diluting the fuel oil with 30% of vegetal oil. Vegetal oils suitable for this purpose are made of hempseed, sunflower, peanut or rape (colza) and the only requirement is that they need to be carefully filtered. Nevertheless, great efforts are made to dissuade the consumers - what’s the reason for it?
The reason does certainly not consist in any technological obstacles, because this oil mixture is resistant to frost and provides very acceptable heating power, while it is not damaging nor modifying your heating equipment. The principal problem resides in the fact, that this method would decrease the yield from taxes on fossil fuels. In the wholesale sector oil is purchased at 30 cts/liter and might be sold for a final price below 50 cts, but in reality you must add at least 30 cts for taxes, while the vegetal oil is produced from renewable sources and has nothing in common with fossil fuels. In Germany, the oil is sold in car repairs shops and free of taxes. Are really Swiss people so rich, that they would deserve to be deprived of such benefits?
Such a solution of direct accessibility in neighborhoods would allow the local producers to sell their production for higher prices, than those paid by Migros (Swiss hypermarkets distribution network), and would open the market for surpluses from EU member or candidate countries. This opportunity would assure a positive ecological balance, as burning the vegetal oil we are burning just the CO2 assimilated by plants during their growth and we are not opening any "ecological can", which it is the case while burning fossil fuels made of a biomass created millions of years ago. This method would cut down the profits of oil industry and would shift a part of the immense energy market towards the countries and the companies that are more pacifists than the military-oil industry. The best way to oppose the Bush’s mafia-rulers consists in decreasing our dependency on crude oil. Fields, oil pressing machines, cisterns - all this is already in place, all we need is the political good-will and a great media campaign of promotion.
Chanvre-Info is ready to organize the supplies of our regions and it would be necessary that others - not only farmers but equally fuel oil distributors or big consumers - would support this initiative. We need to make pressure on the government to obtain suppression of oil taxes on vegetal oils destined to domestic heating purposes. These oils could be equally used as a fuel in cars, which is the nightmare of governments and lobbyists. But for this purpose it would be necessary to adjust the engines in most of the cases and whole the transformation process would take longer. At this moment, the urgent thing is the forthcoming winter, not cars. We need an emergency measure in order to guarantee decent living conditions for all. Let’s act!