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April 18, 2008

Willie and Annie Nelson, in Parade Magazine

Filed under: Annie Nelson,Biodiesel,Interviews,Magazines — LindaLee @ 3:05 pm

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A Green Way To Go
Country music icon Willie Nelson and his wife Annie run the nonprofit Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance as well as a business that distributes biodiesel for trucks. They spoke with PARADE about driving green.

How did you get so interested in biodiesel? 

Willie: I’ve worked with farmers for a long time, and I’m always trying to help them survive. Biodiesel—fuel made from vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled cooking grease—is something they can grow and sell. Annie asked me five years ago about running our brand-new Volkswagen with vegetable oil. I didn’t know if it was a good idea, but it ran great.

Your tour bus uses biodiesel. Where do you fill up?

Willie: When we first started, it was hard to find. But now our drivers know that if they’re going, say, from New York to L.A., they can call biodiesel trucks to come to our venues and fill our bus up. It can be biodiesel from soybeans or other vegetables or blended with regular diesel—whatever we can find.

How else do you lead a green lifestyle? 

Annie: We use solar and wind energy at home, and we don’t use plastic bags ever. Willie’s part Native American, and for us this is all about leaving as light a footprint on the Earth as possible.

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