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Covid Crisis Cover for Poisoning

Posted in Artificial Chemical Products, biology, Commercial Corporations, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2020 by Drogo

The COVID Virus pandemic outbreak and quarantine period is exciting because it is exposing and increasing related economic and social issues that were under corporate media radar. Yes the Covid virus is real and dangerous and has plenty of attention with statistics, but corporate corruption is real too. Environmental pollution is not just a conspiracy theory, it is quite often a result of actual corporate conspiracies. In this case industrial companies wrote to Trump begging to be allowed to pollute more, and so he complied by shutting down the EPA, rather than giving the EPA proper hazmat suits for inspections.

“The EPA has been under pressure from a number of industries, including the oil industry, to suspend enforcement of a number of environmental regulations due to the pandemic. In a 10-page letter to EPA earlier this week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) asked for a suspension of rules that require repairing leaky equipment as well as monitoring to make sure pollution doesn’t seep into nearby water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the corona-virus outbreak. The temporary policy, for which EPA has set no end date, would allow any number of industries to skirt environmental laws, with the agency saying it will not “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.”” – The Hill

“The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to waive compliance requirements and deadlines for a range of industries, including oil refiners, water utilities and sewage plants, as it seeks to help businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Trump administration officials.” – March 24, 2020 Wall Street Journal

Oil Companies will be poisoning more [Article].

Coal Companies will be poisoning more [Article].

And many other companies like Dupont and Monsanto will have more lawsuits against them for poisoning us with their chemicals.

The are also several recent books and films made about these issues [‘The Devil We Know‘, ‘Dark Waters‘, ‘Conspiracy of Fools‘]

The point being an emergency like this is time to gear up with hazmat suits for inspections, not give them a free pass to poison us. Trump is worse than other corporate politicians, but they have given similar passes before. Let us hope this is the climax for the worst, and let us take responsibility by increasing democracy and regulations that protect us.

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RIP Artist Thor Carlson

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Recommendations & Tributes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2018 by Drogo

E. Thor Carlson was from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, of Finnish descent. Thor Carlson was best known for his Oil Paintings and Woven Tapestries, but he was also a WW2 veteran. [1925-2013]

“At Yale studied with Eugene Savage, Louis York, Dean Keller, and Sante Graziani. Before graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for a year’s study at the Academia in Florence to study fresco painting. Returning to Yale, he completed his fifth and final year, studying with Josef Albers and Willem DeKooning. He graduated ‘In Primi Honoris’ with a BFA in painting (1951). After graduation he went to New York City, working first as a Junior Art Director at the advertising firm of McCann-Erickson and, later, on advise from well known muralist, Allyn Cox, as a free-lance mural painter. He became a member of the National Society of Mural Painters (1956) after painting a mural in the Waldorf-Astoria for Conrad N. Hilton. In 1986, he moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire. During the summer of 1987, he was a “Visiting Artist” at Saint Gaudens National Park in Cornish. Tapestry weaving has occupied much of the artist’s work during the past thirty-four years. His grandmother taught him Scandinavian methods for tapestry. Many of his tapestries have won prizes. His tapestry, “Peaceweaver’s Web”, on exhibit at the Entler Hotel Gallery, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, was viewed by President Bill Clinton during the Israeli-Syrian Peace Conference in January 2000.” – from his website

“Thor visited with my family, and we visited with him for many days over many years from the 1980s to 1990s and a few times after 2000 before my father died in 2009. I mailed him back some of his paintings which were in our gallery but we did not own. We sold some of the pieces we owned, but still have others. He shared with me many personal insights into his art and his writing, and was always kind and gentle. I almost studied oil painting with him, but instead discussed descriptive narrative with him regarding our related thesis work about ‘dwelling’. I was greatly influenced by his style, from having his paintings in our house on display all my life. My favorite times spent with him were reflective at Lake Sunapee, in his house, and at Saint Gaudens. It was my father that got his work displayed at the Entler, and got Clinton in to see the exhibit by running into the street and waving his hands in front of the motorcade. Clinton remembered my father as Mayor of Harpers Ferry during the Earth Day events previously, so he agreed to check out Thor’s Peace Tapestry.”  – Walton Stowell II

Peace Tapestry 01

East Coast Sonic Boom Will Kill Thousands

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2014 by Drogo

Sonic Detonation for Oil & Gas Reserve Testing along the Atlantic Coast – America

US Government (Obama) is allowing Fossil Fuel Reserve testing from Maryland to Florida along the East Coast which can kill or maim over 100,000 marine animals. The Republicans are ignoring any environmental concerns (as usual), and they are selling the testing as a great thing for oil and gas production and sales. This story seems to be lost upon the public.

The following is from a Baltimore Sun article, the only other evidence found by searching this issue after hearing it referenced quickly on NPR.

Baltimore Sun Article, Maryland:

“The use of seismic airguns is first step to expanding dirty and dangerous offshore drilling to the Atlantic Ocean, bringing us one step closer to another disaster like the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” said Claire Douglass of Oceana. She noted that the federal agency has estimated that the testing could hurt and possibly kill up to 138,000 marine mammals, while disrupting the feeding, mating and migratory behavior of many more.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat who chairs the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, also objected to the proposal. “The Mid-Atlantic is just too environmentally sensitive for drilling,” he said in a statement. “I urge the Administration to reconsider its plans to allow this testing which will only serve to harm Maryland’s coastal communities and the natural resources which drive our economy.”

The administration’s move to allow seismic testing had been opposed by some municipalities, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and by more than 100 biologists, who earlier this year called on the bureau to postpone its decision until new guidelines could be finished for protecting marine mammals and fish from the acoustic impacts of the tests’ underwater vibrations.

Drilling had been banned in the 1980s off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but Congress lifted the moratorium in 2008 amid concern about rising gasoline prices. The Obama administration was preparing to hold a lease sale off the Virginia coast in 2010 but canceled it when the BP oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.

– Baltimore Sun newspaper, writer Tim Wheeler

BP Kills

Dreadlock Hair Care

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Drogo

People should wear clothing and hair styles that express themselves. Clothing should have your name on it, not a commercial brand tag. The more hair you have, the more it can be shaped and decorated to fit individual personalities.

I use oils and waxes in my hair. I find bees wax is the best to lock the dreads, however REAL beeswax needs to be melted; so i use a candle, hold the wax cake close, let it drip onto a metal surface, apply melted wax before it cools while it is still malleable. Murrays pomade is part petroleum / part bees wax (even though it says 100% bees wax, it means the bees wax is real that they make it with, if you read the ingredients). In the photo below you can see the real beeswax cake on top of the tin lid, which i drip the wax onto, and then use my fingers to apply it.

When your locks are first forming, use REAL BEESWAX to hold it together, and use braids and bands. This will keep them water-resistent, soft, good smelling, and very natural. Then after the locks have ‘locked’ use oils to reduce dandruff, and keep them strong and water-resistent (to avoid dry-rot or mildew and easier hair drying).

One of the most natural and affordable oil blends to use in your hair can be found at most stores. It is called “Africa’s Best: Ultimate Herbal Oil”; and is a mix of soy, sesame, olive, castor, and multiple nut oils; kiwi, ginseng, and aloe extracts among other brilliant ingredients. This oil can be used as a healing hot oil treatment, bath oil, body skin oil, cuticle oil, massage oil, hair & scalp oil! Also I have used this oil on leather, wood, and metal to preserve them too!! Best of all its about $3 usually!!!

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note:  curly and long hair forms dreadlocks easier

Renewable Energy Radio Shows

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2011 by Drogo

NPR WYPR-FM Alternative Energy Ideas and Information 88.1

NPR Baltimore Radio host Dan Rodricks hosts a show called “Mid-Day”. This week he has dedicated every day to talking about a plethora of various (electrical) Energy options we have to Power America. He has had many different guests to debate the positive and negative effects of each existing and/or potential energy resource. Coal, Oil, Gas, Nuclear, Wind, Solar, Hydro, Geothermal, etc… Dan has been tackling them all for us.

When I asked him “After a week of hosting shows dedicated to Energy Resources, are you discouraged or encouraged about our future? Or are your feelings too mixed to say?”; Mr. Rodricks told me: “I’m excited about all the innovation and enthusiasm for renewables — it’s real this time.”

It is real. It is time. Thank you Sir Rodricks! Visit his Radio Show online: NPR Midday Website

photo taken by Drogo 2001: Solar Panel fields on the Road in California

Rainforest Pollution & Deforestation

Posted in Nature Studies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by Drogo

Rainforest History, Status Updates, and Studies


Amazon Rainforest History

Amazon Rainforest Chronology of Deforestation

Amazon Studies

Amazon Rainforest Oil Pollution by Texaco & Chevron in Ecuador

Understory Oil Pollution Article

US Victory in Iraq! August 31, 2010

Posted in Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Military, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by Drogo

We Won the War in Iraq! August 31, 2010

Today we won the War in Iraq. As most of our combat troops are leaving Iraq, we can say, “We came, we saw, we kicked ass.” Congratulations US. Thank you President Obama for helping this to happen, and giving a ‘milestone’ speech today on the subject of Patriots. As he said, Patriots can be for or against War.

Today is also the day that I am officially out of the US Military, myself. As of 16:00 this day of the God of War Tew (Tuesday), I have been given an Honorable Discharge from the Air National Guard after 5 years of traditional service. Therefore to honor this day, I here no longer must guard against admitting that I was in the military, as the military restricts the first amendment rights of it’s members under penalty of court-martial law. Operation 10 COW contains my conclusions.

When is the next war? We are already in it (Afghanistan). O well, let us pause to remember the costs of war. Let us never forget the fallen.

World Peace may be impossible, but perhaps we could have less ongoing impossible-to-know-when-the-end-is Military Wars. Now that is worth fighting for!

Oil Spill in the Gulf Music Videos

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Critical Commentary of Civilization, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by Drogo

Obama “Who’s Ass To Kick”

Posted in Environmentalism, Interviews, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2010 by Drogo

President Barack Obama 2010

2010 Gulf Coast Response Video

SCOD 2010

Gulf Spill

Remix 1

SCOD 2010

Oil Spill

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Who’s ass should we kick?  Prosecute war criminals like Bush Jr., Chenney, Rumsfeld, and others who lied to personally profit from wars that killed and maimed thousands. Kick BP’s ass out of the market, then subsidize green energy more, and kick fossil fuels the way of the dinosaurs! Let’s get a move on. Kick anyone’s ass that stands in the way of real environmental progress.

As the oil kept gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico, it was as if our hope for change was spilling out too… Obama refused to fight to change the system that was polluting and draining our national wealth for the few.

Who’s ass to kick to get Hope & Change? Hindsight 2020:

Obama was better than Trump, but “the need” to bail out rich companies was a lie, and “wanting to help lower classes” was a lie because none of us got bailed out who went homeless because of those companies, and that paved the way for Trump. Obama describes his own policies as old school Republican centrist, in other words trickle-down economics. His largest accomplishments (besides some Healthcare and some National Park additions) have favored rich people getting richer (bailing out wall street, big banks, big companies, etc), and most of us getting poorer. The system would not have collapsed because competition fills in market gaps. Being the first black president certainly worked to make me give him the benefit of the doubt, and i trusted him and voted for him. In hindsight i think i am not the only one disappointed in his sincerity, and wonder why it was Bush Jr that was the only president to actually give us any help directly to the lower classes (tax refund of what was it $200?) Now Obama is saying we should not fight for hope and change, it is better to vote for corporate centrists who will keep the money where it is. I am still glad i voted for him, because Obama was no doubt better than the Republicans he ran against. McCain would have been worse for sure.

James Carville

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by Drogo

Political commentator James Carville is another hero fighting for the preservation of the Gulf Coast against the BP Oil Spill. The ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ is mad as hell, and he is not going to take it anymore. Here are some of my favorite videos of James tearin’ it up.

James Carville on ABC 2010

James Carville on CNN 2010

James Carville & Anderson Cooper on the Beach

Billy Nungesser

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by Drogo

There are not many Republicans who fight against pollution, but here is one that is now a hero of mine. Billy Nungesser is a no-holds-barred fighter for the environment of his community in Louisiana. He is an innovative self-made business man that has stood up against BP, the US Coast Guard, and the US Federal Government in order to defend his area against the Gulf Coast Oil Spill.

Plaquemines Parish Video

BP & Coast Guard Admiral Should Resign!

Message to Obama

Mushrooms Vs. Oil Spills

Posted in Nature Studies, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by Drogo

Oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreatus, eat Petroleum Oil.

Hair mats and other absorbent buffers deployed to clean up oil spills from water and land, can be gathered and cleaned as a growing base for Oyster Mushrooms. Not only do Oyster Mushrooms digest and grow from crude oil, but they also break it down so that the oil is not present in their bodies and can be left in the environment or even eaten. Links? Help do some research on this topic, hell we have Google (BP I’m talking to you idiots).

The 2010 Great American Oil Spill

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Drogo

BP Offshore Oil Spill Along US Gulf Coast in 2010
Southcoast BP Oil Spill of 2010

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of Crude Oil have poured into the Gulf of Mexico, every day, for days now. The Oil is gushing from a well 5,000 feet underwater. An explosion and fire on a drilling rig on April 20, 2010; left 11 workers missing and presumed dead. The rig sank two days later about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. Immediate States Affected: Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas (basically the Southern Coastline).

The oil slick was 16 miles offshore the Mississippi River Delta, the marshlands at Louisiana where the river empties into the ocean. The Coast Guard and Navy aided BP with 100,000 feet of protective booms have been laid down to protect the shoreline, with 500,000 feet more standing by. Two Air Force C-130 Hercules planes have been sent to Mississippi and were awaiting orders to start dumping chemicals on the oil spill in the water.

Coast Guard Admiral Landry said a scientist from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had concluded that oil is leaking at the rate of 5,000-25,000 barrels a day, not 1,000 as had first been estimated. At a rate of 210,000 gallons a day, many species are already suffering and worse is expected as the massive environmental disaster barrels toward the Gulf states. Migrating birds, nesting pelicans, river otters and mink along Louisiana’s fragile islands and barrier marshes are all endangered.

Wind patterns pushed the spill into the Louisiana Coast, prompting consideration of more urgent measures to protect coastal wildlife. Among them were using cannons to scare off birds and employing local shrimpers’ boats as makeshift oil skimmers in the shallows. As the vast oil slick spread across the Gulf, driven by winds and currents from the site of the leak, fishermen in coastal towns feared for their businesses and the White House stepped up its response to the worsening situation.

Cleanup crews began conducting what is called an in-situ burn, a process that consists of corralling oil in a 500-foot-long boom, and burning it. Burns will not be effective for most of this spill. 97 percent of the spill is estimated to be an oil-water mixture.

Last week, Forbes magazine published what the top U.S. corporations paid in taxes last year. “Most egregious,” Forbes notes, is General Electric, which “generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing to Uncle Sam. In fact, it recorded a tax benefit of $1.1 billion.” Big Oil giant Exxon Mobil, which last year reported a record $45.2 billion profit, paid the most taxes of any corporation, but none of it went to the IRS.

Exxon tries to limit the tax pain with the help of 20 wholly owned subsidiaries domiciled in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands that (legally) shelter the cash flow from operations in the likes of Angola, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi. Of $15 billion in income taxes last year, Exxon paid none of it to Uncle Sam, and has tens of billions in earnings permanently reinvested overseas.

President Obama ordered a freeze on new offshore drilling leases until a review of the oil rig accident that caused the spill could be concluded, and new safeguards put in place.

“I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security,” Mr. Obama said on Friday, addressing concerns about whether the administration would continue with its plan to increase drilling in the Gulf.

Even so, he said, “the local economies and livelihoods of the people of the Gulf Coast as well as the ecology of the region are at stake.”

Mr. Obama, speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, said he had dispatched two Cabinet secretaries to the region to assess the damage. He ordered Secretary Salazar to report within 30 days on what new safeguards were needed to prevent future oil spills.

It is a bad year already for fossil fuels, as this follows the WV Coal Mine Explosion and Collapse that killed 29. The odor of Oil has already extended inland, and Federal warnings for respiratory conditions have begun. It will be many years before clean-up will be finished. So long as we are using Crude Oil to the extent that we are, we are all fucked. But I would rather be fucked by Oil pumped at home, rather than going to new Wars for it in the Middle East and other places abroad, in addition to spills like this. We don’t need any more Wars over this shit, when we have so many other energy sources.

* In August 2010 the Well leak was killed, with a final total of 4.9 million barrels having leaked into the Mexican Gulf

2003 BP Solarex Tour

Posted in Alternative Architecture, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by Drogo

The BP Solarex Facility SCOD Tour in Frederick,  MD

November 2003 – These are my SCOD notes I took after organizing a SCOD tour.

Jefferson County, WV residents toured the BP Solarex facility in Frederick, Maryland. In attendance were John Henry Dale, Michael Shor, and Walton Stowell Jr. & Sr.. The following information is based on notes taken during the tour and official Solarex publications. Special thanks to Public Relations representative Debby Burgon. They did not allow photographs inside.

Although Solarex is now owned by British Petroleum, the Solarex plant was owned by Amoco & Enron in the 1980’s.  Now BP Solar boasts that their “Projects Group designed and supplied over 50,000 systems (totaling 70MW) and managed over 25,000 installations (nearly 15MW).”, and “completed installations in more than 150 countries (a record unmatched by any other company in the industry)”.

First on the tour was the Casting Room and the Sizing Room.  Michael asked what Silicon cost per # . The ‘crystalline operations’ and ‘tech center’ contained blocks of ingot, crystalex controllers, and a large cutting room  1=> 25 bricks / casting station vats.  An ‘ingot crusher’ machine cranked away as a loud speaker echoed in the docking bay.  Terms such as ‘silicon powder’ and ‘top-cut’ were discussed and cylinders were cleaned with corrosive chemical bath.  Next was the ‘hot form block melting room’.

The ‘wafer cutting room’ contained many purple, pink, orange ear plugs; white suits, grey slop gloves goo, and blue slippers.  This is where ‘template calibration’ for the solar cells took place also.

Next an Airlock leads into a blue floor, where wafer separation, cleaning, and setting begin.  Automated cleaning and etching stations occurred in glass tanks.  (SiN) Silicon Nitride  240 microns = 3-4 sheets thickness.  A violet / dark blue wafer coating with “silver paste” was then baked in aluminum.  These would go to a drying furnace in front and back lines with automated tooling systems.

multi- & mono- solar cells  (multi-cells are darker, absorb more sun, more efficient)  “silicon is dangerous”

A large final room housed machine plates that mounted bar stripes (bus bar) with tabbing ribbons, and negative / positive copper wire with silver coating.  Then there were assembly-soldering operations for the complete solar panels; which were then laminated, and ‘cassettes’ were loaded into a matrix machine with roller knobs.  Contained in soldered back-matting is dios wiring and label black caulking buettle. Current / voltage testing / reading SPI sun Simulator BP 380U. The panels are cleaned, flashed, and boxed in argon @ 23.8 degrees.  NRE National Renewable Energy

The cost of a solar system is directly proportional to how much energy you require.  Small cabin systems start at a few 1000 dollars.  A typical household system could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000. “Clean Power Estimator” = evaluates $ saved contact section to discuss design with a distributor. Array combo – Inverter – Utility kw/h meter.

Currently prices are still not economically feasible or comparable with grid power in most states. Illinois has a very limited subsidy program for homeowner, like in Japan and Germany. Skylight connector modules have (leads) silicon-nitride covering over wafers.

Some questions remain:

“What percentage of energy used to produce solar panels in the plant, is provided by solar energy?”

“Why is taking so long to open more plants?” and “Why do you now have a barbed wire fence?”

“Why did you cut over half of your workforce in 2010?” (update)

2010 BP Solarex Job Cuts

Diesel Engines / Diesel Fuel

Posted in Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2009 by Drogo

Diesel Engines

German engineer Rudolf Diesel invented the first Diesel Engine in 1892 based on the hot bulb engine and for which he received a patent on February 23, 1893. Diesel intended the engine to use a variety of fuels including coal dust and peanut oil. He demonstrated it at the 1900 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) using peanut oil.

Diesel Fuel

After the Diesel Engine was invented, cheaply refined fossil fuel “oil” quickly became known as Diesel Fuel. I think was a horrible mistake. We should have embraced a fairly clean and  renewable resource like vegetable oil, instead of polluting our environment in the countless ways with petroleum fossil fuels. Some petroleum based products are a good thing, no doubt. However regardless of how “cheap” and “easy” it is to get crude oil, it would be cheaper and easier to filter the billions of tons of FREE used vegetable oil that gets thrown away by restaurants around the World every year.  In otherwords we have a fuel resource that has existed for decades on a mass scale, and has been ignored because of the stranglehold that Oil Companies have on our system.

This stranglehold by Oil Companies on global economies and politics has lead directly to military actions, police actions, wars, street violence, invasions, revolutions, and economic problems around the World. Our corporate quest for Oil has led the US to support Iraq’s war with Iran, which has cause grass-roots rebel terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and turned Iran against us. Our lust for Oil to run our engines also led to the invasion of Iraq, and its occupation in order to control the Oil Wells. Terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Taliban were created in large part as a resistance against our desire to put Oil pipelines through their Homeland. Some who wanted our Oil Money were angered when we betrayed them by not supporting them against their neighbors, which also led to problems. Basically they want us to stop messing around with their land and lives.

Developing Diesel Engines to run better on used vegetable oil, is the best answer to problems that fossil fuel has caused. When Oil-Man President Bush admitted we are addicted to Oil, it is safe to say we have a problem.  We have to make decisions as individuals that directly address the problem, and stop waiting for it to fix itself, or someone else to fix it. We need to speak out, aid in better education, purchase alternative technologies, and publish works in support of these changes.

Biodiesel refers to a diesel-equivalent, processed fuel derived from biological sources (such as vegetable oils), which can be used in unmodified diesel-engine vehicles. It is thus distinguished from the straight vegetable oils (SVO) or waste vegetable oils (WVO) used as fuels in some diesel vehicles.