MOTHER's Newsworthies: The Doobie Brothers, Berkley Bedell, Art Sussman, Richard Frazier, Peter Chokola and Leopold Kohr

Learn more on how The Doobie Brothers were involved in humanitarian and environmental issues; Berkley Bedell, wrote a farm bill proposal over alcohol production; Art Sussman and Richard Frazier, were awarded funds under the DOE's Appropriate Energy Technology Grant program; Peter F. Chokola, opposed throw away soft drink containers; and Leopold Kohr, made do with less while writing The Breakdown of Nations and The Overdeveloped Nations.


| November/December 1979



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Berkley Bedell, Iowa's Sixth District Congressman, introduced legislation that tried to increase farm incomes,add to our domestic supply of fuels, and help get the government out of the commodity price support business.


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Brief: The Doobie Brothers

Doobie Brothers — both as individuals and as a musical group — express a refreshing enthusiasm for, and an involvement in, environmental and humanitarian issues.

The rock group's December 1978 benefit series of concerts netted $20,000 for the Children's Hospital at Stanford University, chipped in funds to the Solar-Cal project, and helped to keep alive the late Will Geer's lifelong dream of the Theatricum Botanicum: a non-profit actors' training center which gives free performances of Shakespeare's plays.

Plus, the band is busy performing — along with other top name members of the Musicians United for Safe Energy — at Madison Square Garden to raise money for nonprofit antinuclear organizations. Indeed, it's to the benefit of all that the sincerity and honesty which the Doobie Brothers project on stage are continually confirmed in "real life."

Brief: Berkley Bedell

Iowa's Sixth District Congressman Berkley Bedell recently introduced legislation that will increase farm incomes,add to our domestic supply of fuels, and help get the government out of the commodity price support business!

Bedell's highly important bill — which was successfully reported out of the House Agriculture Committee in September — will go a long way toward establishing farmer's alcohol as one of this nation's most important energy sources, as well as providing a solution to the long-standing problem of farm surpluses. As Congressman Bedell notes: "National agricultural policy would be substantially transformed ... from its present orientation toward paying farmers not to produce in order to raise prices, to paying them to produce as a means of increasing our domestic supply of liquid fuels."

Congressman Bedell, who was instrumental — along with New York's Mario Biaggi — in stimulating Congressional interest in MOTHER's alcohol fuel experiments admits that his National Alcohol Fuel and Farm Commodity Act — H.R. 2153 — is no panacea for our energy problems ... but it does establish a foundation for a comprehensive alternative fuels strategy. And — in Bedell's words — "It is do-able. It's not 'pie-in-the-sky' rhetoric. The proposal could be implemented tomorrow, at little or no cost to the taxpayer." Now that's what we need to hear from Washington!





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