Wait a minute. Illegal?
You can have your debate about the merits/problems of WVO versus Petroleum based Diesel, but don't call it illegal. You have EVERY right to run fuel you make in your vehicle. No state road tax can take that away.
Sorry to break reality to you, but it IS illegal. Raw and waste vegetable oil are not legal to use on public roads as a fuel unless it has been converted to actual BioDiesel. Tax is only half of it and most states have methods of paying the due taxes, the EPA says you cannot use raw or waste vegetable oil no matter what because no vehicles or conversions have been certified for it.
the government owes us a refund for all of the gas we've bought but used for off road purposes like lawn mowers, etc.
The government does not owe you a penny if you fail to file the appropriate forms. Yes, there IS a form to get a refund for gas/diesel road tax when the fuel is used off road (Boat/mower/ATV/airplane,etc.)
Back to the legality question. If I were to get pulled over and charged with non-payment of road tax, do you really think there is a judge in his right mind who would carry out a judgment that said "hey, I see your doing something that severs your ties to big oil and also is good for the environment, but I'm sorry sir, Mr. and Mrs. SUV will complain if you aren't paying your fair share.
No, he will say "You have failed to pay your required taxes and were caught with X gallons of illegal fuel." BIG fines.
SB 315 (Calderon) Illegal Fuel Blending
Contact: Chris Reynolds (916) 322-8520
This bill will enable the Air Resources Board (ARB) and law enforcement agencies to locate and prosecute motor vehicle fuel “bootleggers” who mix non-fuel products with finished motor vehicle fuels.
Persons guilty of blending illegal components would be guilty of a felony and subject to a fine of not less than $35,000 or imprisonment of up to one year in county jail, or 18, 24 or 36 months in state prison, or both fine and imprisonment. In addition, a penalty of up to $2 per gallon of non-complying fuel could be assessed.
That would only openly show how dedicated they are to Big Oil.
No, that would show they are abiding by the law they swore an oath to uphold.
And there are some states where it is completely legal.
There is no such thing. Until the EPA has approved it as a fuel its not possible to legally use raw or waste vegetable oil unless it has been converted to real BioDiesel.
More resources to read:
"Maximum penalties are $32,500 per violation if committed by a manufacturer or dealer or $2,750 per violation if committed by any other person.
"According the Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) operating a vehicle with a non-approved fuel delivery system is a violation of Federal regulations."