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Jet Fuel Powered By... Beef Tallow?

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

It’s possible that the next flight you take could be powered by fuel made from inedible beef tallow. These fuels are better for the environment and have been tested on planes for years, but they are now moving from the experimental phase to commercial production. A new facility in Southern California is now starting fuel production and will supply United Airlines.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Steve Csonka, executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, about the challenges of replacing petroleum-based fuels with renewable biofuels.

Guest

  • Steve Csonka, executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative.

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