Singer-songwriter Neil Young had to stop rockin’ in the free world after his biomass-powered electric car broke down down on a California highway, briefly putting Mother Nature on the run as highway cops helped the mature rocker on his way.
The Sierra Sun reports that Neil Young was on his way to an environmentalists festival when his custom-made $1 million biomass-powered hybrid electric car broke down on a stretch of California highway lookin’ more than two lanes wide near Donner Summit last month.
According to the Sierra Sun, the car was “touted as the world’s first full-sized luxury series hybrid electric car powered by biomass, according to the LincVolt website.”
California Highway Patrol officers helped the “Let’s Roll” performer overcome the damage done and get his “greened” 1959 Lincoln Continental off the road. Young then proceeded to take photos with the policemen and sign autographs for them.
As part of his lifelong search for a heart of gold, Young recently appeared with prominent Senate Democrats Harry Reid of Nevada and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan at an event promoting federal mandates that force consumers to cough up the bucks for gasoline blended with ethanol.
However, there is considerable evidence that forcing refineries to blend more ethanol into gasoline is worse for the environment and bad for the economy.
Ethanol emits less carbon when burned in an engine, but producing ethanol is an extremely carbon-intensive process that requires farmers to plow more land, which means less area for trees and more carbon dioxide as trees and plants are destroyed to make room for the expanded crop.
“Without major reforms in the regulation in farming practices, increases in corn-based ethanol production in the U.S. Midwest could cause an increase in detrimental environmental impacts,” according to a 2010 Rice University study.
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