Willie Nelson says fill 'er up; opens biodiesel station in Texas

| Friday, July 01, 2005

Willie Nelson already changed the face of modern music. Now he’s ready to help secure America’s energy future while cleaning the air as he launches a biodiesel station in a Texas truck stop known as Carl’s Corner. The party promises to be worthy of the Lone Star State.

On Sunday, July 3, Willie will host an afternoon of music, entertainment and fun at the grand opening of Carl’s Corner truck stop, entertainment center and restaurant.

Truckers appear to be headed to Carl’s by the droves, including OOIDA’s Ron Mermis and the NASCAR simulator.

Carl’s Corner is an official biodiesel station, selling Willie’s B-20 blend. Since October 2004, Carl’s has been test marketing the blend.

Joining forces with biodiesel partners like Starbucks Coffee, Texas Roadhouse restaurants and XM Satellite Radio, Nelson hopes the event will draw attention to his cleaner-burning natural diesel fuel. The event is open to the public free of charge, and features tractor pulls, barbecue and chili cook-offs, and live music.

Starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Willie himself performs at nearby Hank’s Place. Tickets are $30. The next day, Willie heads off for Ft. Worth to headline his annual Fourth of July picnic. You can spend the holiday with Willie via XM Radio, which will be broadcasting live from the picnic on XM Channel 12.

Willie started his company “Willie Nelson’s Biodiesel” with partners Carl Cornelius and Distribution Drive to improve air quality and to help America’s family farmers find new uses for their products.

The singer is such a believer in biodiesel, as of October 2004 he started selling a B-20 biodiesel blend (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent diesel) from a truck stop at Carl’s Corner, on Interstate 35, between Dallas and Waco, at Exit 374.

Compared to petroleum diesel, biodiesel – made from soybeans or even used cooking oil – reduces carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrocarbons and other harmful pollutants. The fuel can be burned without modifications to diesel engines.

“Carl’s Corner represents what we hope will be a groundbreaking shift in the fueling of our nation’s economic backbone,” said Joe Jobe, chief executive officer of the National Biodiesel Board. “Willie Nelson’s advocacy of biodiesel has kicked the door open for biodiesel in the trucking market.

“Because of Willie, we now see extreme interest from truckers that we frankly weren’t sure we’d ever see, and Carl’s Corner is at the epicenter of that enthusiasm.”

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