From a North Carolina newspaper earlier this week comes an article about state government penalizing a citizen for making his own biodiesel.  His biodiesel is made from soybeans, is cleaner burning than fossil based gasoline and reduces reliance on foreign oil.

Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He bought soybean oil in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, spending about 30 percent more than diesel would cost.

His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000 fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes. He has been told to expect another $1,000 fine from the federal government. | Driver ticketed for using biofuel