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Biodiesel is the Only One for Melissa Etheridge

NBB 09 Melissa EtheridgeSinger/song writer Melissa Etheridge has been a hit maker for two decades with songs like “I’m the Only One,” “Like the Way I Do,” “Breathe,” and “Bring Me Some Water.” Today, she was a certified hit at the National Biodiesel Conference with her inspirational story of how her battle with breast cancer led her to want to make a difference in the world and how she believes biodiesel is helping.

Etheridge was extremely gracious and generous with her time at the conference – which was not a paid gig, by the way. She not only shared her story, she also entertained with two songs – “What Happens Tomorrow” and “I Need to Wake Up,” her Oscar-winning theme song from “An Inconvenient Truth.” In addition, she took time for a press conference, individual interviews and lots of photos with fans.

NBB 09 Melissa EtheridgeShe started using biodiesel after a chance meeting with Willie Nelson on a plane a few years ago. That led to her starting to use biodiesel in all of her tour buses and trucks, as well as in her own personal vehicle, a Ford diesel Excursion that she fills with biodiesel in her own garage. “When I pick my kids up from school they tell me, ‘Mom we can smell you coming half way down the block,” Melissa told the crowd at the conference today.

Her vehicle is covered with biodiesel stickers and she has become a one-on-one advocate for the fuel in her own personal life. “Any diesel engine can run on biodiesel,” she emphasizes to people. “When it finally sunk in to me that the diesel engine was meant to run on peanut oil or vegetable oil, I realized that all of the troubles that we are having now with the petroleum industry could be avoided.”

She says that when she saw the plane that safely landed on the Hudson River last month and everyone got out safely, it was a sign to her. “We are all going to get out of this alive, we’re gonna do it,” she said.

For her efforts and enthusiasm, Etheridge received this year’s Influence award from the National Biodiesel Board, presented to her by NBB CEO Joe Jobe and Daryl Hannah.

Listen to Melissa’s comments here: [audio:]

2009 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album


  • February 4, 2009 — 10:22 pm


    Melissa you are amazing, thank you for using your fame for something good and wholesome. You are a truly genuine and sincere person and I’m proud to say I’m a fan of your music second to being a fan of who you are as a human being.

  • February 5, 2009 — 12:02 pm

    Debby Brady

    I believe that Melissa is right and we have to work together to do it.

  • February 5, 2009 — 6:10 pm

    Juli McCrary

    Hello from Texas! I did something yesterday that I have wanted to do for many many years. I signed up for your upcoming travel package in Palm Springs…then today I listened to your speech on my laptop at the biodiesel conference and now I am SO glad that I made the decision to travel to Calif. to meet you in person in April. My husband has converted a 1982 Datsun Diesel Pick-up to used vegetable oil so we are trying to do our part….Unfortunately he won’t fly so I will be attending solo. Thanks, Juli

  • February 6, 2009 — 1:42 pm

    Beth Tuschhoff

    I am sooo glad to see people finally listening to the message!
    Melissa is by far the best singer/songwriter/advocate/spokesperson ever!!! I have seen her in concert 8 times and IT GETS BETTER EVERY SINGLE TIME!

  • February 10, 2009 — 12:54 pm

    Laura Geralyn Kline

    Melissa,my love,you are beautiful and doing such wonderful service for our mother earth.Let us NOW do the most important and powerful work, by bringing the planet to its highest vibration of healing LOVE… simply by loving each other as a reunited Twin Flame couple.I miss you so.

  • February 10, 2009 — 7:52 pm

    Ray Jones


    I enjoyed your message at the Conference and your songs… Keep spreading the news about the green fuel biodiesel. We are working hard to make it work for America.

    Thanks again,


  • February 26, 2009 — 4:27 pm

    elena garcia

    hello… my most dear and darling friend… yes, this is for you melissa etheridge… now you understand i always knew and i the faith i had for you and my believe was never indeed doubt.keep it up! may faith,trust and the (believe)! for you was a most constant battle of my mind and never stop for not even a second. well… my dear lovely friend you made it i always knew and i will thank god for the rest of my life that my prayers never when or was in vain because i did believe and believe in you.!… keep smiling no matter what and crazy until the end. with you always for ever and ever another crazy soul,but i said before not front not back not right not left but with you. a friend for ever a part tht stated with me ever always…peace be with you and yours always! and rememberdot not give up! but continue the road of forever. elena garcia .ps. remember with passion,with promise until the end that has no end…….ps. please pass this message to my friend meliss etheridge…she is waiting for this… thank you so much and god bless you and all of you and our usa america!

  • March 18, 2009 — 1:49 pm

    Leyla Nigrinis

    Melissa you are the most amazing woman I have ever listen to, You are genuine and true. I have not had the pleasure of meeting you, but I have been in many of your concerts, if there’s one wish I have in my life is to meet you one day. There’s something about you, do not know if it something about your soul or thoughts which really expresses how wonderful of a person, singer, mother, friend you really are. I am spanish and had never ever listened to american music the way I listen to you music. You are a great admiration to all women. I am very glad for the message you are sending to all us… we need to wake up and make changes today..

  • March 25, 2009 — 10:56 pm

    Kim Rowland

    Well Melissa here I am still in Kansas! You are awesome as so many have told you! I just want to say we are doing our part as much as we can to go green. My partner and I live in the far southeast corner of Kansas by Joplin MO. We recycle as much as possible. Please dont stop touring cause we havent got to see you yet!I know how busy you are with family but please keep on keeping on! The world needs your voice and song! Love you guys!

  • May 3, 2009 — 4:45 am

    Senga Mccolgan

    Gret speech Melissa.
    Glad to see tha America is finally catching up on the recycleing issue,we have been practiceing it here in europe for 25 years,
    may be you can teach us about Biodiesel,that would be great.

    P.S melissa when are you going to give a concert in Europe ???

    Met vriendelijke groet

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