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EPA Administrator Inspects Vehicles

Stephen JohnsonAfter his speech this morning EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson visited the Ride & Drive area outside the convention center. One of the things he said was, “Renewable fuels like biodiesel are the next step in our steady march toward cleaner, healthier air.” He also said that, “President Bush and the EPA are encouraging investments in the technology that are powering
the nation’s economy and driving our environmental successes.”

He answered a few questions from the press there in front of the vehicles.

You can download the news release here: EPA Admin Release (Word doc)

You can watch a short video clip (not much audio on it) here: Stephen Johnson Press Conference (2:27 wmv file)

You can listen to the press conference here: Stephen Johnson Press Conference (8:27 min. MP3 File)

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The Word From Daimler Chrysler

Deborah MorrissettDaimler Chrysler, VP of Regulatory Affairs and Product Development, Deborah Morrissett made remarks at the general session today..

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Speech By EPA Administrator

Stephen JohnsonAt today’s general session we got to hear from EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. He talked about the Bush Administation’s support for renewable fuels and referred back to the state of the union speech last week.

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Book Sales Were Brisk

Josh TickellAt first glance you may think he’s running for office and getting ready to kiss the baby.

Actually it’s Josh Tickell getting ready to sign a book for this lady.

If you haven’t purchased your book yet I’m sure you can still find one at the NBB booth in the trade show.

The Band Played On

Book Party BandThe “Biodiesel America” Book party took place in a beautiful setting at the Omni hotel. There was plenty of good food and friendly faces.

These guys played some very good light jazz.

Getting Ready For The Book Party

Book Party DeskAfter the trade show on Monday it was time for the “Biodiesel America” book signing party at the Omni.

These folks were there early getting set up for a brisk business.

BASF Booth Draws The Thirsty

BASF BoothThere is no better way to generate traffic to a trade show booth than to have a live tap and free beer.

That’s what the folks at BASF did yesterday afternoon. It was Yellowtail Pale Ale, from a local microbrewery.

I don’t think it lasted too long!

NBB Booth

NBB BoothIt looks like a book store but it is the National Biodiesel Board booth.

They’re selling Josh Tickell’s book here but there’s a lot more information available.

Stop by and meet the staff and learn more about what NBB is doing besides this conference.

Mean Green Biking Machine

Green BikeEarth Biofuels has several vehicles on display as previously mentioned.

Here’s another one that has a pretty unique look and is getting a lot of attention.

NBB CEO Updates Us

Joe JobeThe National Biodiesel Board CEO, Joe Jobe, got things started this morning.

He visited the media room this afternoon and we talked about how the conference is going so far here in San Diego.

You can listen to my interview with Joe here: Joe Jobe Interview (6:18) min. MP3 File)

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BQ-9000 Interview With Leland Tong

Luke Perry & Daryl HannahYesterday one of the pre-conference sessions was on BQ-9000 and I promised you an interview. So here you go. I spent a few minutes with Mark IV Consulting’s Leland Tong.

Leland explains the BQ-9000 quality assurance program and points to a website where you can get more information.

You can listen to my interview with Leland here: Leland Tong Interview (3:08) min. MP3 File)

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AgriTalk Live From San Diego

AgriTalkThe AgriTalk show is here in San Diego.

Here’s host Mike Adams live this morning from the media room.

If you want to listen to the show you can visit their archives page where you’ll find it by date.

Green Machines On Display

Green MachineTaking the term, “green machine,” to a whole new level is the shiny Earth Biofuels vehicle that’s on display here in the convention center.

There are actually a number of vehicles on display. I’ll try to find out more about them and fill you in when I do.

Luke Perry Champions Biodiesel

Luke Perry & Daryl HannahWhile we’re on the subject of press conferences how about the one today with Luke Perry and Daryl Hannah. Daryl is sure getting on the blog a lot isn’t she? Luke and Daryl held a press conference this afternoon. Afterward they were headed out to the Ride and Drive (I’ll have more on that later).

I’ve got audio from the whole press conference for you here as part of our podcast series and I took a short video clip too.

You can watch the video clip here: Perry/Hannah Press Conference (2:09 wmv file)

You can listen to the press conference here: Perry/Hannah Press Conference (25:19 min. MP3 File)

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Josh Tickell Meets The Press

Josh TickellAfter he spoke on stage at the opening session, Josh Tickell, author of “Biodiesel America” participated in a press conference.

I thought you might be interested to see what one of these press conferences is like so I took a short video clip for you to watch.

You can download the news release here: Biodiesel America Release (Word doc)

You can see the clip from the session here: Josh Tickell Press Conference (1:40 wmv file)

Daryl Speaks At Opening Session

Daryl On StageI know I already posted an interview with Daryl Hannah but I also recorded her comments this morning at the opening general session.

Daryl said she was nervous speaking off the cuff in front of such a big crowd so she wrote out her remarks. Sounds good Daryl. Keep it up!

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“Biodiesel America” Author On Stage

Josh TickellWe’ll have a book signing party later tonight but to get our interest up Josh Tickell, author of “Biodiesel America” made remarks during the opening session.

Tickell talked about the need for renewable fuels and gave some interesting statistics about how quickly we consume fuel every day.

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USDA’s Thomas Dorr Speech

Thomas DorrAt the opening general session, USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, Thomas Dorr, gave a speech.

He talked about President Bush’s interest and support for renewable fuels even though he’s an oil man from Texas.

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NBB Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Darryl BrinkmanThe Chairman of the National Biodiesel Board is Darryl Brinkman. Darryl spoke during the opening general session.

He’s a farmer from Illinois and welcomed everyone to the conference and talked about the huge growth in the industry.

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Welcome To the Conference

Joe Jobe - Opening General SessionThe conference has officially kicked off with the opening general session. To get us started, NBB CEO Joe Jobe, welcomed everyone and discussed the current situation in the biodiesel industry.

The opening session also included remarks from NBB Chairman, Darryl Brinkman, USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, Thomas Dorr and Biodiesel America author, Josh Tickell.

I’ll be posting audio from their remarks just as quickly as I can get it processed and uploaded.

The “Eye On Biodiesel Awards” that were going to be presented this morning have been shifted to Wednesday morning. Time was slipping away and we wanted to stay on schedule.

Educational sessions begin shortly after this morning’s break. I’ll bring you more information on them as the day wears on.