Country music legend Willie Nelson has been a longtime advocate of the American farmer and the American biofuels industry. While he’s been using a biodiesel-powered bus for his cross-country tour, one of his recent stops included New York City.
This story on the CNN Money web site says he was there to promote a new, non-profit group that supports biofuels:
Nelson was in town supporting the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a non-profit group founded by his wife Annie and actors Daryl Hannah and Woody Harrelson, among others.
The alliance aims to create a certification standard for biodiesel to ensure the feedstocks are grown in an environmentally responsible mannner. With biodiesel use expanding – there were 1,000 pumps in the U.S. last year compared to 350 in 2005 – supporters say its important to ensure the budding industry doesn’t cause environmental problems of its own.
The group recently kicked off its official launch with a concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, where Nelson played until well past midnight.
The article goes on to say that Nelson used biodiesel made from New York City cooking grease to fuel up his buses and get back on the road again.