Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Being Innovative Can Be Costly

Before you think about doing something that is innovative or frugal or environmentally friendly, you might want to think twice. According to this article, the guy that has done amazing things for both the environment (in terms of reusing) and also for issues when it comes to our dependence on foreign oil is being asked to post bond. He has been using vegetable oil as a fuel source for his deisel vehicle and it has served him well for many years. The full article explains it in more detail:

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/03/illinois_man_fi.php

The first comment that I read for the article seems to get it spot on: "I don't believe this had anything to do with oil companies. The state probably relies on those taxes for transportation costs, and is afraid of what will happen if everyone moves outside of the normal (taxed) supply chain to get their fuel." - Old Wolf

But now this guy is into it with the government. Regardless of your feelings on taxation/double taxation etc, I can only imagine that most people don't like to tangle with the government unless they have to. So the question now becomes for me, was it worth it for this guy to do what he did? Did he save enough money?

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