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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 29, 2013 2:23 PM Flag

    Famous singer touts value of cellulosic ethanol

    When you think of Neil Young, I’m betting the environment isn't the first thing that pops into your mind. Maybe it should.

    By Holly Jessen | April 29, 2013

    More widely known for his decades-long musical career, Neil Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. According to his biography at that website, his style has run the gamut from folk, country, garage rock and even grunge. “While he’s avoided sticking to one style for very long, the unifying factors throughout Young’s peripatetic musical journey have been his unmistakable voice, his raw and expressive guitar playing, and his consummate songwriting skill,” it says. If you’d like to watch Young perform a well-known song in his youth, I recommend this You Tube video featuring “Heart of Gold.”

    In recent weeks, Young has been traveling the U.S. in a 1959 Lincoln Continental powered by electricity and E85. Known as the LincVolt, it’s billed as the world’s first full-sized luxury series hybrid electric car powered by biomass. In other words, cellulosic ethanol.

    When possible, the cellulosic ethanol is coming from Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels, according to Matt Merritt, director of public relations for Poet LLC. On April 12, Young stopped by Poet’s headquarters in Sioux Falls, S.D., to fill up and talk about his mission. Last week, Poet sent more of its biofuel to Young in Colorado, Merritt told Ethanol Producer Magazine.

    Young told the gathered crowd that there’s not a lot of media coverage of the climate situation because it’s such a slow moving story. And yet, it’s a big story for which nothing will change unless something is done. That’s why Young set out on his cross-country trip in the LincVolt—to spread the word about things that can be done. “We wanted to make a case that American-made fuel, something that was thought up and created
    here at Poet by some forward thinking people, we’re...


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