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Fat boat

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Eco-boat powered by human fat attempts round the world speed record

The fastest eco boat on the planet will attempt to break the round the world speed record using fuel made from human fat….

Fat boat
… for the full article click on the headline above (my apologies for all the sidebar celebrity trash at this tabloid website).

When I first heard about this muscle-boat that was going to try setting a new round-the-globe speed record, the headline about it being fuelled with human fat caught my attention.

Then I realized it’s just an attention-getting gimmick. Actually the biodiesel from human fat will power them about 8 nautical miles (15 km). The remaining 23,991 nautical miles they’ll be running on biodiesel from more conventional sources.

The article states that the boat has a “net zero carbon footprint”, which I take with several large grains of salt. I’ve seen varying figures on the environmental cost of producing biodiesel, but this Wikipedia article states that biodiesel has net life-cycle carbon dioxide emissions of 60% that of petroleum-based diesel.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m totally anti-muscle-boat. In fact I’m sure that riding that monster would be a blast. It just seems to me that they’re over-playing the “eco” bit. If they really wanted to burn fat, kayaking would have been a more earth-friendly option.