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Media Room Walk Through

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the closed door of the media room at a conference like this? This video provides you with a glimpse. I did a little walk through of the media room when it was in full action this morning.

When you get multiple broadcasts going off at the same time it can get pretty loud. It’s almost as if the louder you speak into your mike, the better you’ll sound on the other end.

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John Deere Interview

As you know by now, the sponsor of the Biodiesel Conference Blog is John Deere. I met with Don Borgman, John Deere representative attending the conference this morning and recorded the interview you can watch above. If it’s not available yet, just give it a few minutes since I just uploaded it.

I also recorded it as an audio interview to add to our podcast series as well. Don talks about the John Deere renewable fuel initiative and says that the company has actually been supporting biodiesel for some time.

Listen to my interview with Don here: Listen To MP3 Don Borgman Interview (7 min MP3)

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The Second Amendments

Second AmendmentsAt half time of the Super Bowl party here at the Conference The Second Amendments played. This is a bipartisan rock band organized by the guitar-playing Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson, whose gravelly drawl sings most of the songs. The band includes Reps. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.) on drums, Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) on lead guitar, Jon Porter (R-Nev.) on keyboard and Dave Weldon (R-Fla.) on bass.

If you were not lucky enough to be here for the party then you can still see what they’re like on YouTube.

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Pumping BioWillie At Pearson’s

We had a big promotional event today at Pearson Ford Fuel Depot here in San Diego. This took place after the conference which is why I haven’t posted much since this morning. I’ll be having a lot more in the next several days so stay with me. Back to today though. Willie Nelson Biodiesel, the company in which Nelson is a partner, and Pearson Ford Fuels in San Diego have joined forces with distributor Plavan Petroleum to create California’s first fulltime “BioWillie” B20 retail outlet. BioWillie is the singer’s unique brand of fuel.

Read the news release here.

You can listen to what Willie told them right here: Willie Pump Promotion (3:58 min. MP3 File)

There was a private audience event with Willie prior to the stage event with the pulic and I took a short video clip of it which you can watch here: Private Audience With Willie (2:07 wmv file)

We all know how important farmers are in this renewable fuel effort and National Biodiesel Board member Greg Anderson, who farms in Nebraska, was invited on stage to make a few comments. He’s the one in the picture at the far left. Next to him is National Biodiesel Board member Eric Neiman, a farmer from Kansas, then Willie and on the right is the Executive Director of the Nebraska Soybean Board, Victor Bohuslavsky. You can listen to Greg’s comments on stage here: Greg Anderson Comments (1:57 min. MP3 File)

Willie & Annie Nelson Win Award

Willie & AnnieWillie Nelson and his wife Annie received an “Eye On Biodiesel Award” from the National Biodiesel Board this morning. Later, I was able to interview both of them during his big media event at the Pearson Ford Fuel Depot where they announced that they would begin selling “Bio-Willie.”

You can listen to my interview with Willie and Annie here: Willie & Annie Nelson Interview (2:00 min. MP3 File)

It’s always nice to see what’s going on too. I’ve got a short video clip of Willie on stage at the fuel pump promotion: BioWillie Pump Promotion (:39 wmv file)

They had a band which I assume was Willie’s band playing before and after the press conference at Pearson Ford Fuel Depot. You can listen to a song they wrote about Willie buying the Carl’s Corner fuel station in Texas here: Song About Willie (2:51 min. MP3 File)

Willie Nelson Press Conference

Willie NelsonI’m guessing that you are wondering what Willie Nelson had to say. I’ll have a lot more Willie here later today or tomorrow. I recorded his press conference and you can listen to his answers to questions from the reporters. Unfortunately we weren’t able to record the questions.

You can listen to the Willie Nelson press conference here: Willie Nelson Press Conference (7:20 min. MP3 File)

I also recorded a short video clip from the press conference when Willie was being introduced to the members of the board of directors of NBB. You can watch it here: Willie Press Conference Video (1:55 wmv file)

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Emily Richards In Concert

Emily RichardsEmily Richards gave a great performance last night at 4th & B. One of the songs she played was dedicated to the people in the biodiesel business. It’s the same one I provided a link to yesterday (Sacrifice) and it’s included in the section of her concert that I edited out for you here.

You can listen to a couple of Emily’s songs from last night here: Emily Richards Concert (10:23 min. MP3 File)

It’s always nice to “see” things as well as hear them so I have a short video clip from last night you can watch too: Emily Richards In Concert (5:06 wmv file)

The Emily Richards Session

Emily RichardsTonight we get to see Emily Richards perform. Emily is a singer/songwriter that vocally supports biodiesel. She really looks good on a bike too!

I interviewed Emily earlier in the day to learn about why and how she supports renewable fuels. Emily says biodiesel is bada*s! You can learn more about her on her website.

You can listen to my interview with Emily here: Emily Richards Interview (5:12 min. MP3 File)

You can hear what Emily sounds like (with permission) here: Emily Richards – Sacrifice (5:25 min. MP3 File)

You can watch a short video clip of the motorcycle in action, although not with Emily on it here: Green Motorcycle Demo (:41 wmv file)

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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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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)