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Can we run our cars on human fat?

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(Read caption) Customers line up around a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in La Habra, California. Some 127 million American adults are overweight.

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A Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon attracted attention from alternative energy buffs and public health officials after he announced that he was using liposuctioned fat to fuel two SUVs.

Dr. Craig Alan Bittner, owner of the Beverly Hills Liposculpture clinic, claims that he produced biodiesel from the excess lipids hoovered from his patients' backsides, which he then put into the tanks of his Ford Explorer and his girlfriend's Lincoln Navigator.

Forbes quotes from Dr. Bittner's now-defunct website:

"The vast majority of my patients request that I use their fat for fuel – and I have more fat than I can use," Bittner wrote on lipodiesel.com. "Not only do they get to lose their love handles or chubby belly but they get to take part in saving the Earth."

As the Telegraph reports, Bittner's flab-to-fuel scheme raised eyebrows at the California Department of Public Health, who noted that there are laws covering what one can and cannot do with medical waste. The agency says it has opened an inquiry.

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