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Lipofat probably not what alternative fuels advocates had in mind

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Those innovative Californians.

Until recently, Beverly Hills liposuction doctor Craig Alan Bittner kept his and his girlfriends’ SUVs running on fat sucked out of his patients’ bodies.

Bittner's activities came to light after patients charged that he was letting his girlfriend and an assistant perform surgeries without a medical license. He continued to practice until last week but has reportedly left the country for South America. Bittner claimed his patients signed off on using their excess fat to fuel his cars.

Individuals, researchers and companies have been converting various types of vegetable and animal fats into fuels for years with varying degrees of success. While Bittner's method may seem like an ecoefficient  way to dispose of a mountain of liposuction waste, there’s a law on the books in California banning the use of human medical waste to power vehicles.

A representative of the National Biodiesel Board said that animal and vegetable fats contain triglycerides that can be converted into biodiesel fuels. A gallon of grease will get you about a gallon of fuel, and drivers can get about the same amount of mileage from fat fuel as they do from regular diesel, Jenna Higgins of NBD told Forbes magazine.

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valentines day presents on 12/12/2009 00:34:17
I think another reason some people are buying SUVs now is that prices have been slashed 10-15k on some models. Just because the price is down today doesn't mean it will stay that way....
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forex expert advisor on 04/21/2010 01:28:14
The fueling station is unique in that it has applied for LEED silver certification, a prestigious green building designation.
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Houston Weight Loss Surgery on 05/20/2010 23:57:13
Fat is fat. If it works, go for it. Change the law against fat liposuction biodiesel makes no sense. I suspect that we are talking about enormous sums, but makes the story.
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Life Sciences Jobs on 06/05/2010 01:26:54
So that will really be a good job in both the sides. Fat can be concerted to fuel is a good idea as well so this will help others even to help them in the same programme. This will turn up as a win win situation both the sides even for the person who is looking to loose weight and it will also increase the amount of fuel.
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Cheap Web Design on 06/07/2010 03:38:13
At this point oil would probably be so cheap it would be possible to use oil with clean-fuel technology to use it again for most if not only for vehicles. I'd like to think that hydrogen would be a valid alternative.
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