As my prehistoric volvo sputters and grinds to a halt in the middle of State Street for the seventh time in a day, a steady stream of impatient lunch-hour SUVs whipping around me with the word “idiot” forming on their lips as they pass, it occurs to me that it might be time for a change. I push it to the curb, I get out and close the door and with the slam the plastic lettering on the back falls off. I ponder my ton-and-a-half of smoke-billowing 17 miles per gallon from the sidewalk; the back of my neck burns and I wonder if it’s the hot California day or because I’m standing with my back to the only car dealership within 100 miles that offers, plain and simple, the most ecologically friendly vehicles on the American market today. In a moment of brilliant exasperation, I buy a diesel Volkswagen Jetta. Little did I know just how happy I would be.

Okay, so the truth is, I had interviewed the dealer a few days before for this very article,

and knew exactly why buying a diesel sedan was, in fact, a great idea. But not until my old car died, did I finally give in to what so many people avoid for the mere reason of “inconvenience”; and I put myself into a great-looking, great-driving, safe, super fuel efficient vehicle. Not to mention the tailpipe smells like chinese food. How can this be possible, you ask? How in this age of extreme oil dependence could such a wonderful thing be true?? Easy. Biofuels. What are biofuels? Biofuels are your new best friend.