Honestly, there were so many thread-bare cliches that I could have used to title this article; it was so hard to pick one. (Beef: It’s What’s Powering Your Train) But the image of that feisty octagenarian railing against puny burger patties won the day for me. One of my all-time favorite commercials.
In a move likely to be as popular with People Against Eating Tasty Animals (PAETA) as machine-gun duck hunting, Amtrak is running a test of passenger trains powered by a mixture of rendered beef fat and conventional diesel fuel. In Texas, of course, where they apparently have an abundance of rendered beef fat and, um, trains.
Now, I know all the greenies love to slap “biofuel” stickers on their VW rabbits, happily chugging down the highway belching black clouds of french-fry smelling oilliness, but I can’t imagine what rendered beef fat smells like. Oh wait, yes I can: nasty. On the plus side, at least this move will splinter the green movement asunder, pitting wide-eyed futurist mass-transportation proponents against granola-chomping free-fall Level 5 vegans. And, one hopes, maybe that’s just what Amtrak was aiming for.
Or maybe they were just trying to figure out something productive to do with all those cows they clobber every year. Eh, either way, win-win.