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Our take: Biodiesel effort drains fuel from reliance on oil

Cowichan’s bid to be an environmental showcase is partly fueled by visionary Cowichan Energy Alternatives, and Cowichan Bio-diesel Co-op.

The Bings Creek-based firm’s latest score was landing $30,000 in cash and expertise to finish inventing a prototype point-of-sale pump gauge to tie biofuel co-ops together.

The gauge will serve members and public operations, including the Cowichan Valley Regional District, in using CEA’s biodiesel in fleet vehicles. CEA’s drive needs all the gas it can get.

CEA boss Brian Roberts applauded support from the CVRD, and Olympic oarsman Adam Kreek of the B.C. Biofuels Network — who tossed them winnings from the Catalyst social enterprise-idea competitions.

That fuel will go miles toward scrubbing Cowichan’s and B.C.’s carbon footprint, while biofuel firms compete with oil-and-gas monopolies.

A bonanza of jobs and tax revenues should be a byproduct. And Big Oil needs a challenger.

Its arcane prices — still high after a long-weekend jump — hold motorists ransom while alternatives such as CEA’s biodiesel, take hold.

Public demand for clean fuel has pumped CEA, where biogas and ethanol are also being developed, right here in Cowichan.

That brand of green initiative by a local business, backed by proactive government, helps lead to a world beyond peak oil.

Locals are bravely fighting to save our valley — one letter, one donation and one tank at a time.

We haven’t won the war against waste, but our cannons against carbon are being fired.

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