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Rotting, leftover fryer grease has turned into gold in the race to our energy future — and thieves have taken notice.

It’s early in the pre-dawn dark hours of the morning. A group of Northern California pseudohippies just finished a game of Zonk — or rather, the game just stopped because somebody quoted a line from Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and everybody forgot what they were doing.

Yet, by a stroke of luck, the conversation about Harold and Kumar reminds the group of their real reason for staying up so late. They pack into a truck and head down to the local fast food joint looking to load up — but it’s not the food they’re loading up on, it’s the nasty, half-rotted, leftover fryer grease.

That’s right — the leftover, sun-warmed, Joey Chesnut-defeating grease from a McDonald’s fry-o-lator has become valuable enough to steal due to the skyrocketing demand for biodiesel and the out-of-sight costs of regular diesel.


[read the rest over at gas 2.0]