PBS: “NOW” Show: Willie Nelson and Biodiesel Fuel


David Brancaccio, and PBS presented this show about Willie Nelson and Biodiesel Fuel on January 12, 2007. 

You can see the video
at: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/302/ Can America grow its way out of its dependence on foreign oil? Country music legend Willie Nelson thinks so, and has a new twist on a 100 year-old idea that just may get us there.

When the diesel engine was invented in the late 1800’s, it was designed to run not on petroleum, but on vegetable oil. Nelson launched his own brand of biodiesel called “BioWillie,” a blend of vegetable oil and regular diesel. That means any car or truck with a diesel engine can run on it. Bio Willie burns cleaner than regular diesel, creating less of the emissions that cause global warming and acid rain.

The fuel could also save family farms by giving farmers a brand new market for their crops, an issue close to Nelson’s heart. NOW talks with Neslon about this new trend in biofuels that is attracting the attention of farmers, environmentalists, and even some of the big energy giants as well.

“There’s other places in the world [that] have already made it happen, and you say, duh, why can’t we do it here?” Nelson tells NOW. “Anywhere things can be grown that you can turn into fuel, do it.”

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