Ouch! See that price per gallon? That was for B20 biodiesel in Carbondale, Colorado. Now, do the math to figure out what it cost to fill our 34 gallon tank.
I was thrilled to finally be able to fill our tank up with biodiesel for the first time since leaving California, but what a painful experience it was. This was B20 for cristssake, not even the primo stuff. Once, we wanted the kind biodiesel, so we paid $3.74 a gallon for B100 at Real Goods in Hopland. Pure as gold, and worth every penny to find out how our Dodge would perform on it. But B20? In Arcata, CA, we paid $3.05 a gallon for B20, and we were OK with that. But $3.53?
Why does doing the right thing have to hurt? Can average people truly afford to be “green”? Not completely, not in this universe. Would you pay that?
We hadn’t been able to find any biodiesel since California. There was none in Northern Arizona, and in Moab, a Chevron was in the process of installing biodiesel but wasn’t pumping it yet. I picked Carbondale as our next destination, because they did have one station pumping it.
Also, my logic dictated that any town that has biodiesel at the pump, and one manufacturer nearby, is a town that probably has progressive leanings and worth checking out. And it was. We loved Carbondale.