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National Biodiesel Day


Each year, National Biodiesel Day on March 18th commemorates the birthday of Rudolf Diesel and a few that continue to gain a growing interest across the country and around the world.

Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900.  he engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil, and R. Diesel was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America.

In a 1912 speech, Diesel said, “…the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time.”

Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning, petroleum-free alternative to diesel that can be made from animal fat, vegetable oil, and recycled cooking oil. It is reducing U.S. dependence on imported diesel and creating green jobs as well as improving our environment. Biodiesel is America’s first advanced Biofuel and has become an increasingly popular fuel. Some of the benefits of biodiesel include:

  • provides fuel from domestic and sustainable resources
  • reduces imports
  • reduces emissions
  • accessible in nearly every state in the U.S. and growing
  • few to no modifications necessary to diesel fleet vehicles to start using biodiesel
  • renewable
  • cost-effective

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Learn more about biodiesel and how it continues to change. More and more plant products are being utilized for biodiesel and biodiesel blends. 

Read more about Rudolf Diesel in the book Rudolf Diesel: Pioneer of the Age of Power by W.Robert Nitske and Charles Morrow Wilson.

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March 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

March 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Grover Cleveland – 1837

Grover Cleveland first served as president in 1885. Serving as the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States, Cleveland’s terms as president were highlight by several points of interest. He is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Benjamin Harrison served as the 23rd president. During his first term, he became the first and only president to marry in the White House. The marriage raised quite a stir, too. His bride, Frances Folsom, became the youngest first lady at the age of 21. Cleveland comes in second place for the number of vetos cast. During his tenure, he used his veto power 584 times. His social agendas were mixed. From the southern issues to immigration and suffrage, Cleveland often stood with his party but also changed his stance depending on the climate of the time.

Louis Bouché – 1896

The talented artist, Louis Bouché, was born to a French designer.  Commissioned for numerous murals, his work can be seen at Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice, and Ellenville, New York Post Office to name a few.

John Updike – 1932

One of the 20th century’s most beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, John Updike wrote about the human condition in a broad range of formats. He published more than 20 novels, including the Rabbit series, Witches of Eastwick, numerous short stories, poems, and essays. He was a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, book critic, and art critic.

Mike Roe – 1962

Television host, narrator, and advocate for skilled trade training, Mike Rowe has made a name for himself stating things frankly and without apology.  He will host one of  Facebook’s first TV shows, Returning the Favor, beginning August of 2017.

Queen Latifah – 1970

Born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, the talented Queen Latifah hails as Hip-Hop’s First Lady. Her long list of credits includes numerous acting and musical awards. For her 2002 role in Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton, she was the first female hip-hop artist nominated for an Academy Award. Queen Latifah takes on her next role as executive producer on the set of MTV’s Scream for the 2018 season.