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Willie Nelson went green a long time ago

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

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by Ed Kociela

The last time I saw Willie Nelson I remember walking past his bus and catching a whiff of something in the air.

No, it wasn’t what you’re thinking.

The bus was fired up and idling and there was the fragrance of McDonald’s French fries wafting through the air.

You see, Willie went green a long time ago, and so did his bus, which runs now on biodiesel fuels. In fact, you could clean out the grease trap at McDonald’s or any other fast food joint, pour it into the tank of the Honeysuckle Rose, and put Willie on the road again.

It’s an example, of course, of what we can really do these days to fend off the insatiable appetite we have for foreign oil.

Read the entire article HERE.

Win a chance to sit in Willie Nelson’s seats for Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour (July 28, 2012) and Meet and Greet with Stephanie Miller, et al

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

http://www.stephaniemiller.com

Legendary Sexy Liberal Willie Nelson was going to be in the audience for Stephanie Millers Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour at the Pantages on July 28th, but, his son, Lukas Nelson and his band ‘Promise of the Real’ are performing that night at the Roxy, so, sadly he wont be able to make it (it’s probably the only reason to miss a Sexy Liberal show!)

While Willie won’t be there, you can be there and in his seats! We are auctioning off his two pairs of prime orchestra seats to the hottest comedy show of the year, with the proceeds going to a great charity, The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. These seats include VIP access to the meet and greet with Stephanie, John and Hal post show!

Opening bid is $200, and the two highest bids will win this very special package (each winner will received 2 tickets) Help a great charity and be part of the Sexy Liberal movement!

Going for $200.00

For more information visit Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour.

BioWillie Biodiesel

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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KAHULUI – The fuel at Pacific Biodiesel’s retail pump in Kahului is now sold as BioWillie Biodiesel, in honor of Maui resident and seven-time Grammy award winner Willie Nelson.

The branding is the brainchild of Nelson, a world-known county music superstar and founding member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Nelson and wife, Annie, bought their first diesel car in 2003 and filled up at Pacific Biodiesel. The pump is at 40 Hobron Ave. in Kahului and is open 24 hours a day.

The BioWillie brand specifies that the fuel must meet or exceed standards for biodiesel established by the American Society of Testing and Materials and feedstock sources are known and can be confirmed as meeting the best practices described by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. The brand also must be produced in America, from American feedstock, and used in America.

BioWillie Biodiesel

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012


Donning trademark bandannas, staff from Pacific Biodiesel celebrate Willie Nelson’s birthday. Photo courtesy of Pacific Biodiesel.

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By Sonia Isotov

Beginning on April 30, Willie Nelson’s birthday, the fuel at Pacific Biodiesel’s retail pump on Maui is being sold as the brand named BioWillie Biodiesel.

The branding is the brainchild of superstar Willie Nelson, a Maui resident whose involvement in, and support of, community-based biodiesel production began in the islands when his wife Annie bought their first diesel car in 2003 and filled up at Pacific Biodiesel. The Maui biodiesel fuel pump, located at 40 Hobron Avenue in Kahului, is open 24 hours a day.

Yesterday, biodiesel customers received a free BioWillie bumper sticker and were entered in a drawing to win a Pacific Biodiesel cap autographed by Willie Nelson himself. Also, Willie’s Maui fans were encouraged to stop by and record a birthday wish to the superstar that will be compiled and posted on YouTube.

The BioWillie brand specifies that the fuel must meet or exceed standards for biodiesel, and feedstock sources are known and can be confirmed as meeting the best practices. Courtesy of PB.

Although there had been a previous attempt to use the brand several years ago, a new agreement with Pacific Biodiesel focuses on the fuel quality as well as sustainability aspects. The BioWillie brand specifies that the fuel must meet or exceed standards for biodiesel established by the American Society of Testing and Materials, and feedstock sources are known and can be confirmed as meeting the best practices described by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

In addition, BioWillie Biodiesel must be produced in America, from American feedstock, and used in America within a reasonable region.

Willie Nelson is a founding member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) and his advocacy for locally produced biodiesel is documented in the film Revolution Green, narrated by actor Woody Harrelson, another Maui resident who drives on biodiesel.

Willie’s mainland tour buses run on biodiesel whenever possible, sourced by the SBA to make sure their feedstock origins are sustainable.

‘BioWille’ Biodiesel Named to Honor Willie Nelson’s 79th Birthday on Maui

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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Bob King, President of Pacific Biodiesel, joins Willie Nelson in Oregon as he fuels his tour bus with biodiesel. Photo: Pacific Biodiesel .

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Beginning on April 30, Willie Nelson’s birthday, the fuel at Pacific Biodiesel’s retail pump on Maui will be sold as the trademarked BioWillie Biodiesel. The branding is the brainchild of superstar Willie Nelson, a Maui resident whose involvement in, and support of, community-based biodiesel production began in the islands when his wife Annie bought their first diesel car in 2003 and filled up at Pacific Biodiesel. The Maui biodiesel fuel pump, located at 40 Hobron Avenue in Kahului, is open to the diesel-driving public 24 hours a day.

To celebrate Willie’s birthday, customers who fill up April 30 between 8am and 5:30pm, with a minimum purchase of five gallons will receive a free BioWillie bumper sticker and can enter a drawing to win a Pacific Biodiesel cap autographed by Willie Nelson himself.

Although there had been a previous attempt to use the brand several years ago, a new agreement with Pacific Biodiesel focuses on the fuel quality as well as sustainability aspects. The BioWillie brand specifies that the fuel must meet or exceed standards for biodiesel established by the American Society of Testing and Materials, and that feedstock sources are known and can be confirmed as meeting the best practices described by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. In addition, BioWillie Biodiesel must be produced in America, from American feedstock, and used in America within a reasonable region.

Founded in Maui in 1996 by local businessman Robert King, Pacific Biodiesel has built 13 plants in the U.S. and Japan, and is recognized worldwide as a pioneer and advocate for the establishment of sustainable community-based biodiesel. The company was the first to operate a retail biodiesel pump in the U.S. and is the most experienced biodiesel company in America. At this writing, the Pacific Biodiesel pump station in Kahului boasts the least expensive diesel fuel of any retail pump in the County.

Willie Nelson is a founding member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and his advocacy for locally produced biodiesel is documented in the film Revolution Green, narrated by actor Woody Harrelson, another Maui resident who drives on biodiesel.

Willie’s mainland tour buses run on biodiesel whenever possible, sourced by the SBA to make sure their feedstock origins are sustainable. Next month Nelson will release Heroes, his first album for Legacy Recordings, which will showcase new songs and deep country classics with guest artists including Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson.

Pacific Biodiesel to sell “BioWillie Biodiesel” in Hawaii

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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by:  Duane Shimogawa

Here’s another way to keep Willie Nelson on your mind in Hawaii especially when you’re on the road again.

Starting Monday, which happens to be Nelson’s birthday, Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel will sell “BioWillie Biodiesel” at its retail pump at 40 Hobron Ave. in Kahului. It will be open to the public 24 hours a day.

It’s not a huge surprise, considering that Nelson lives on Maui and a big proponent of biodiesel since 2003, when his wife, Annie, purchased a diesel car and filled it up at Pacific Biodiesel.

Although this branding strategy was attempted several years ago, a new agreement with Pacific Biodiesel will focus on the quality of the fuel as well as sustainability.

The BioWillie brand requires fuel meeting or exceeding standards for biodiesel that are established by the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Additionally, feedstock sources must be confirmed as meeting the best practices described by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, of which Nelson is a founding member.

BioWillie also must be produced in the United States, from American feedstock and used in America within a reasonable region.

Duane Shimogawa covers energy, real estate and economic development for Pacific Business News.

 

BioWillie Biodiesel

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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Bob King, President of Pacific Biodiesel, joins Willie Nelson in Oregon as he fuels his tour bus with biodiesel.
Photo: Pacific Biodiesel .

www.biodieselmagazine.com

Beginning on April 30, Willie Nelson’s birthday, the fuel at Pacific Biodiesel’s retail pump on Maui will be sold as the trademarked BioWillie Biodiesel. The branding is the brainchild of superstar Willie Nelson, a Maui resident whose involvement in, and support of, community-based biodiesel production began in the islands when his wife Annie bought their first diesel car in 2003 and filled up at Pacific Biodiesel. The Maui biodiesel fuel pump, located at 40 Hobron Avenue in Kahului, is open to the diesel-driving public 24 hours a day.

To celebrate Willie’s birthday, customers who fill up April 30 between 8am and 5:30pm, with a minimum purchase of five gallons will receive a free BioWillie bumper sticker and can enter a drawing to win a Pacific Biodiesel cap autographed by Willie Nelson himself.

Although there had been a previous attempt to use the brand several years ago, a new agreement with Pacific Biodiesel focuses on the fuel quality as well as sustainability aspects. The BioWillie brand specifies that the fuel must meet or exceed standards for biodiesel established by the American Society of Testing and Materials, and that feedstock sources are known and can be confirmed as meeting the best practices described by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. In addition, BioWillie Biodiesel must be produced in America, from American feedstock, and used in America within a reasonable region.

Founded in Maui in 1996 by local businessman Robert King, Pacific Biodiesel has built 13 plants in the U.S. and Japan, and is recognized worldwide as a pioneer and advocate for the establishment of sustainable community-based biodiesel. The company was the first to operate a retail biodiesel pump in the U.S. and is the most experienced biodiesel company in America. At this writing, the Pacific Biodiesel pump station in Kahului boasts the least expensive diesel fuel of any retail pump in the County.

Willie Nelson is a founding member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and his advocacy for locally produced biodiesel is documented in the film Revolution Green, narrated by actor Woody Harrelson, another Maui resident who drives on biodiesel.

Willie’s mainland tour buses run on biodiesel whenever possible, sourced by the SBA to make sure their feedstock origins are sustainable. Next month Nelson will release Heroes, his first album for Legacy Recordings, which will showcase new songs and deep country classics with guest artists including Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson.

This day in Willie Nelson History: Willie & Woody’s All Star Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Tournament (9/27/2010)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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On September 27, 2010 Willie Nelson and actor Woody Harrelson hosted Willie & Woody’s All Star Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Tournament at the Hustler Casino in Los Angeles, California.  They joined other celebrity friends and 200 other registrants and guests in a no-limit tournament that also included a dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a nonprofit organization which works to educate the public about community-based biodiesel efforts. Willie Nelson runs his tour bus on biodiesel.

For more information on Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, visit their website:
www.SustainableBiodieselAlliance.com.

 

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“The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is proud to thank all of our spectators and players from the first annual Willie and Woody’s All-Star Texas Hold’em Tournament. Thanks to their generosity and the generosity of our sponsors the SBA was able to raise important funds for the continued work of the organization.”

(Gardena, CA) — “I might be a loser, but I’m a WINNER…we’re all winners!” exclaimed David Arquette at the first annual charity poker tournament to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.  Players from around the country converged on the Hustler Casino Los Angeles for Willie and Woody’s All Star Texas Hold’em Tournament.

Celebrities including Larry Flynt, Hank Azaria, Peter Farrelly, Mila Kunis, Anne Heche and David Arquette joined tournament headliners Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson for an evening of fun at the Hustler Casino Los Angeles on September 26th, 2010.

The evening’s tournament and silent auction helped raise over $40,000 to support the work of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting community-based sustainable biodiesel in the United States. “Because of America’s reliance on imported oil, we simply have no adequate policy for the conservation, production or distribution of fuel and other petroleum products.  As a businessman and close friend of Harrelson and Nelson, I was happy to support their important work towards a more effective energy policy. The evening was a great success and Hustler was proud to take part.”  said Larry Flynt.

The tournament wound up at 3am Tuesday morning and when the dust cleared after 7 hours of play, Kelly King of Pacific Biodiesel won first place in the field of 59 players.  Terry Robert Doering, Jeff Scott, James “Butch” Worley and Rob Walker rounded out the top five places in the tournament.

EPA honors Willie Nelson, environmental hero (4/18/06)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

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April 18, 2006

EPA honors Pacific Southwest environmental heroes Willie Nelson, Clif Bar among this year’s winners

SAN FRANCISCO During the agency’s eighth annual Environmental Awards Ceremony in San Francisco today, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Wayne Nastri presented plaques to three dozen organizations and individuals throughout the Pacific Southwest in recognition of their efforts to protect and preserve the environment in 2005.

“These organizations and individuals have applied creativity, teamwork and leadership in addressing many of the West’s most sensitive and complex environmental challenges,” Nastri said. “Thanks to their efforts, our air, water and land will be cleaner and safer for generations to come. The winners set an example for all of us to follow.”

The Region 9 Environmental Awards program acknowledges commitment and significant contributions to the environment in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and tribal lands. Thirty nine groups and individuals were selected from more than 160 nominees received this year from businesses, media, local, government officials, tribes, environmental organizations and citizen activists.

This year’s winners include: Willie Nelson, who is being honored for opening the first biodiesel station in California; Patagonia, for 30 years of forward thinking environmental programs at its headquarters in Ventura, Calif.; and an innovative dust outreach campaign in Arizona that has raised public awareness of a serious local air pollution problem. The winners and basis for recognition are:

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San Diego, CA

Willie Nelson has opened his first California biodiesel outlet in San Diego. He continues to reassert his commitment to this clean and renewable form of energy that uses only natural oils and fats for production. His interest in biodiesel stems from the fact that the diesel trucks put out an inordinate amount of pollutants. He also believes that the massive agricultural demand for soy and canola oils would reinvigorate the farmers of America. Nelson firmly believes in helping others; be it farmers, cutting pollution and helping restore a balance to America’s energy needs. He is a model of the socially-committed entertainer.

To read about the other recipients:  EPA

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Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Happy Earth Day to you!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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photo:  Janis Tillerson, Luck, Texas

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When it comes to being eco-friendly, some Hollywood stars are better than others.

Willie Nelson’s tour bus has gone green powered using biodiesel fuel.

Honeysuckle Rose, in Colorado Springs last year.  I took this picture.

Leonardo DCaprio has been one of the most outspoken supporters of the green movement for almost 10 years raising awareness through documentaries and even his own foundation.

Alicia Silverstone shows her love for Planet Earth and her inhabitants, by being a strict vegan living in a solar paneled home with an organic veggie garden. 

Adrian Grenier not only drives a Prius, he replaced the insulation in his Brooklyn home with recycled denim, a much greener alternative and also installed solar panels.

Check out a few other celebs who get our stamp of approval for living green including Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.

Bio Willie (Exit 364A 6 Miles)

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Willie Nelson in Duluth

Friday, October 8th, 2010

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by:  Jeremy J. Weizel

A few years back I was asked to design a business logo and stationary for a new Biodiesel cooperative in Duluth, MN. As a dedicated diesel fan (even still – we drive two VW TDIs) it was a fun project. However, the sweetest part of the deal came when Willie Nelson himself blew into Duluth in his biodiesel powered tour bus and met with the Duluth Biodiesel Cooperative team. He was handed an honorary t-shirt. Somebody had the foresight to grab a camera and lo! I now have a photo of Willie Nelson admiring my graphic handiwork. Beat that.

I like to imagine Willie, perhaps in the growing chill of a Texas winter evening, putting on my t-shirt, tucking into his large Texan bed, and dreaming of whatever Willie Nelson dreams of. Here’s from me to you, Willie. Sweet dreams.

Unfortunately it appears that in the years between this photo (late 2005) and now, BioWillie has gone down along with many biodiesel businesses. Blame it on ethanol subsidies. Or any number of things. We were ahead of our time, perhaps. It seems Biodiesel has largely become a homebrewers exercise. Someday, with time, a heated garage, and an extra $3K on my hands, I’ll get myself a kit like this and power my own fleet of diesels.

RIP Duluth Biodiesel Co-op and Willie Nelson’s own moonshine: BioWillie.

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance seeks reinstatement of Federal Biodiesel Producers Tax Credit

Monday, July 12th, 2010

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by Andrea Fox

Jack Johnson kicked off his To The Sea Tour July 9th at the Hartford, Conn. Comcast Center with biodiesel sourced from local processor BioPur and delivered by Hale Hill for his tour fleet of 12 tractor trailers and busses.

It’s enough fuel to get him through his stop in Mansfield, Mass. and points along the way to New York this week when he’ll refuel. At a cost of $3.30 per gallon with delivery, Johnson eliminates sulfur emissions and cuts the tour’s ozone forming potential in half.

While biodiesel has been challenged over the past year from campaigns like “Food Before Fuel,” according to Tanner Watt, assistant director of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA), the crop land question doesn’t make sense. Biodiesel is made from waste cooking oil and co-product, such as leftover oil from soy processing, not corn or palm products, he said. The power of the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association-funded campaign is causing enough media confusion that the biodiesel industry and local businesses “get taken out of the game before we have a chance,” he said.

The SBA team talked with concert goers about the manufacture of biodiesel and many wrote personal handwritten letters to Senator Dodd asking for his support to reinstate the Federal Biodiesel Producers Tax Credit. Industry claims lack of the tax credit is quickly reversing success of the budding domestic fuel industry-which offers a fuel alternative with fewer emissions of many toxins, greenhouse gasses, and other pollutants.

While the public tries to make sense of it all, SBA members continue to serve clients like Phish, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson, Jack Johnson and others that have committed to lowering their organizations and personal carbon emissions in part through biodiesel.

When Johnson stopped by the SBA/BioPur booth to greet his guests before the gates opened to the public in Hartford, he casually summed up the biodiesel and biofuel sourcing debate in his very natural way.

“It’s all a long conversation,” he said to the dedicated team.

Johnson’s To the Sea Tour stops at the PNC Bank Arts Center tomorrow in Holmdel, New Jersey and plays Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 14th. To learn more about biodeisel, see the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance online or on Facebook.

Willie Nelson and Ray Price on the Mike Huckabee Show (4/18/05)

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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Willie Nelson and Ray Price  were guests on Mike Huckabee’s show on Fox News last night, with a replay at 2:00 a.m. Sunday.    Huckabee played the bass with Willie and Ray, while they sang ‘Faded Love’ and ‘Crazy’.   I was out and hurried home to catch the late show and it was well worth leaving a party early.

Mike Huckabee spent some time talking with Willie and Ray, which was nice, because none of the other late night hosts never enough when Willie guest stars and plays.  Willie told Mike that he had once played bass guitar, too.  He told his story of getting a call from Ray, who needed a bass player for his band, and inquired if Willie knew how to play bass.  Willie told Ray he did, then took bass lessons from Jimmy Day on the bus ride to the show.  Willie said he didn’t think Ray knew the the truth, until years later when Ray told Willie that he knew right away that Willie wasn’t a bass guitar player.   

Huckabee asked Willie about using biodiesel fuel in his cars and buses, and Willie told the story of wife Annie getting a car that ran on biodiesel fuel in Hawaii, followed by him getting Mercedes that ran on biodiesel fuel.  And now, Willie’s buses also run on biodiesel fuel.