Alternative fuel pumping stations in Asheville (biodiesel and CNG)

Asheville’s own Blue Ridge Biodiesel is available at 11 locations in and around Asheville. For complete a list, visit Blue Ridge’s site:

B20 — a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum-based diesel — is available at a wide range of locations in the area.

Compressed Natural Gas
There are two compressed natural gas pumping stations in the Asheville area:
• the city of Asheville’s station at 173 South Charlotte in downtown Asheville; hours: 24/7; 828-259-5700
• NC-CNG Corp station at 2618 Hendersonville Road, in South Asheville; hours 24/7; 828-654-8300 ext 107.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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