March 4, 2004, 9:42AM
Neil Young gets resourceful on Greendale tourAssociated
MILWAUKEE -- Saving the family farm, helping the Earth and
reducing America's dependence on foreign oil -- they all go together
for Neil Young on his "Greendale" tour.
Young rolled into town with a fleet of buses and trucks running
on biodiesel, an environmentally friendly fuel made from renewable
resources such as soybean oil and recycled cooking oil. He said
switching to biodiesel was his idea.
"Rather than talk about it, I figured just do it," Young said,
noting there's an environmentalist character in his new show, which
features actors performing on stage along with the music.
In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, the veteran
Canadian rocker said he can still be a capitalist and embrace the
"I'm just trying to make a point. There are other ways to be
self-sustaining," the 58-year-old said.
As a member of Farm Aid for 18 years, Young said he's always
looking for ways to help the family farmer. He said there are
millions of acres of unfarmed crop land in the United States and
Canada that could be tapped for renewable energy.
But Young knows it's a struggle to persuade people to end their
reliance on fossil fuels during the pro-oil tenure of President
"You can't change the Bush administration with this. I mean, to
them, I'm a tree hugger," he said.
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