Posted By RichC on February 12, 2006
Last week at the National Biodiesel conference in San Diego, Singer/ Songwriter and Activist Willie Nelson filled his tour bus and announced a new BioWillie location … San Diego, California. According to the National Biodiesel Board, the conference was an outstanding success. Perhaps Willie Nelson said it best, “It is the future. (refering to biodiesel) Nelson continued to say, “Through biodiesel, we can reduce dependency on foreign oil and adopt an energy source that’s clean renewable and helps family farmers find new uses for their products.”
As of this past Wednesday, southern California diesel owners can now fill their cars and trucks with BioWillie branded biodiesel. The 72 year old Nelson has been actively promoting biodiesel as well as running it in his personal vehicles and tour bus. This renewable alternative to petroleum is environmentally friendly, domestically produced, and made primarily from soybeans in the US. (although many other vegetable based oils can be used) According to the U.S. Department of Energy, biodiesel is America’s fastest growing alternative fuel and sales has tripled in this past year to 75 million gallons. It still only accounts for less than one percent of the diesel fuel sold nationwide, but is receiving support from environmentalist to midwestern farmers … from the politicians on the left to those on the conservative right. Even President Bush endorses biodiesel and on many occasions mentions it in speeches. Most recently he has used the national stage in addressing our “nation’s addiction to oil” and has effectively laid the groundwork for development of biofuels.
The BioWillie brand, known as B20, is a blend of 80 percent petroleum diesel and 20 percent biodiesel and is made from soybean oil and is currently available in Texas, South Carolina, Georgia and now California.