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Singer's Biofuel Plans Looked Good In 2008, But Not In 2014

Here's a blast from the past, the name BioWillie hasn't been heard on these pages since 2008, and its reappearance today isn't a bit of good news. The ambitious plan from country music singer WIllie Nelson to help American farmers by turning their crops into American fuel for American truckers (are you noticing a theme?) has officially come to an end.

Thanks to diesel's high-mpg factor and some of Europe's small countries, it's not impossible to hit six nations on one tank of fuel. Here in the U.S., though, the distances are a bit longer, and we can't quite make it to as many lands without refueling. Some see the distance as a challenge to be conquered, like Nik Bristow and his driving buddy, who intend to take a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI from NYC to Los Angeles on one* tank of gas. The trip will take place about a month from now and is named

A crisp and informative documentary on alternative fuels is playing on Mofilms.org. Called "Freedom Fuels," the movie is a fast-paced collection of interviews and TV news reports that covers the technology and politics of different fuels. Celebrities Daryl Hannah and Willie Nelson are featured, as are clips from the "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report."

Haven't heard enough from Willie Nelson on the subject of biodiesel and BioWillie? The PBS program NOW broadcast an interview with the Red-Header Stranger and David Brancaccio this weekend, and if you missed it, you can watch the show online at PBS.org.

Forbes is digging deep into Earth Biofuels, the company that brought BioWillie to the market. According to a story in the latest issue, Earth missed a deadline for finding $80 million in financing to restart an ethanol plant. Based on financial reports, the company had just under $42,000 in cash last September. But that's not all that concerns Forbes. CEO Dennis G. McLaughlin III apparently hasn't been disclosing his "colorful background" that includes lawsuits and a company bankruptcy. Forbes a

The radio show Living on Earth did the biodiesel trucker circuit last week with a segment on the hundreds of trucker gas stations that sell B5 or B20. Carl's Corner obviously plays a big part in the story, but producer Shia Levitt also gets to talking about the National Biodiesel Board and the Bill Mack Show. Bill Mack is a country music DJ and relentless biodiesel promoter who often talks with Willie Nelson on Mack's four-hour daily show. Even with all this promotion, the biodiesel industry its

This post is for those of you who are really interested in the biodiesel industry. The news itself - that Earth Biofuels will invest five million dollars into a new company called Biodieesl Investment Group - is simple. But behind the news is a lot of biofuel industry heavy hitters. For example, Earth Biofuels is the company that produces BioWillie. Also, the Biodiesel Investment Group will work with Bunge North America to build the largest biodiesel production plant in Illinois in the city of D

If you want an entirely feel-good and reasonable listen into the biodiesel world at Carl's Corner (the first truck stop in America to sell biodiesel fuel), give this NPR story a try. It doesn't have a lot of fresh "news", but it's a great audio snapshot of how biofuel is viewed at the Corner, how homebrewers make the fuel and other intangibles of the biodiesel movement. NPR's The Kitchen Sisters visited the station and produced a piece with lots of interviews fading in and out of each other, bio

BioWillie is moving north. Willie Nelson's brand of B20 biodiesel is being sold for the first time in Tennessee. The inaugural station is the Mid-Tenn Auto and Truck Plaza in Cookeville, which is located between Knoxville and Nashville on Highway 70 off of I-40.

Willie Nelson is part of a group investing $5 million to add hotels, a saloon, and a golf course to Carl's Corner, a Texas truck stop-town south of Dallas. Carl Cornelius, who incorporated the town in 1986 so he could sell alcohol in the otherwise dry part of Hill County, is a longtime friend of Willie Nelson, and has been mayor of the town since its inception. Nelson began selling BioWillie biodiesel at the truck stop in 2004. The stop will be closed for four months, with the grand opening plan

The Soy Daily has the full text of the EPA Region 9’s statement this week honoring singer Willie Nelson for his work promoting biodiesel. As most readers are probably aware, Nelson has become one of the most prominent promoters of biodiesel in America, and is one of the reasons gas stations across the country are – slowly –  beginning to offer biodiesel at their pumps. Nelson is one of 39 people and groups selected by the EPA Region 9 this year for “commitment and si

Now and again here at AutoblogGreen, especially on weekends when people have a little bit of time to investigate a site on their own, we’ll take a peek at recent Flickr photos that have a green car technology theme to them. We’ll pick out some of our favorites and give you a chance to nominate your own faves in the comments. Today, we’ll start by looking at some photos tagged as “biodiesel”, of which there are currently 807.