Like many members of Congress, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri has a publicly paid mobile office in his district to help with constituent service.
Unlike most, Cleaver's doesn't run on gas or diesel. He retro-fit it to run on used cooking grease. That means a fill-up costs 70 cents a gallon, kids.
The retrofit is in tune with Cleaver's re-introduced bill to force members of Congress to lease vehicles that run on alternative fuels if they're going to lease a vehicle with taxpayer dollars (The Star revealed last year that such leases, many for gas-guzzling SUVs and luxury cars, cost taxpayers more than $1 million a year.)
"We are taking a normally discarded waste product and turning it into a replacement for foreign oil," Cleaver said. "And, honestly, the humor is not lost. In the town of ribs and fries could there be a more perfect way to travel?"
Grease is the word.
More in tomorrow's Star.
Posted by Matt Stearns