Biodiesel poised for "explosive" growth in the next ten years, futurist forecasts

June 08, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
The nascent U.S. market for biodiesel is growing at a staggering rate energy, an expert tells THE FUTURIST magazine.

More than 80% of all commercial trucks and city buses run on diesel gas. This suggests a huge potential market for biodiesel both in the U.S. and abroad according to emerging markets futurist Will Thurmond. "The nascent U.S. market for biodiesel is growing at a staggering rate—from 25 million gallons per year in 2004 to 78 million gallons by the beginning of 2005. By the end of 2006 biodiesel production was estimated to increase fourfold to more than 1 billion gallons," Thurmond writes in "Biodiesel's Bright Future," part of the July-August issue of THE FUTURIST magazine, on newsstands now.

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