- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009

God bless the righteous coot: Neil Young, 63, will release on Tuesday another eco-concept album, “Fork in the Road” — in part a chronicle of the singer’s mission to develop green-friendly automobiles. A documentary film is to follow. To be fair, Mr. Young never takes himself too seriously. Except when he does. His example is sure to inspire others.

1. Bono — Adding to his efforts on the global poverty front, the U2 singer develops sunglasses that not only keep sun out of your eyes, but also function as miniature solar panels. Energy thus harnessed may prove an alternative to greenhouse gases expelled in the process of pontification.

2. Sean Penn — The two-time Oscar winner develops a means of converting the emotions of his high-decibel, histrionic screams into wind-powered energy.

3. Bruce Springsteen — Living on a 400-acre estate in New Jersey horse country seems awfully selfish in such hard times. So, in an effort to find alternatives to environmentally unfriendly agribusiness, the rocker allows a collective of small farmers to cultivate his land.

4. David Simon — HBO’s “The Wire” dramatist savors one last strike against his nemeses at the Baltimore Sun: He orchestrates the shutdown of the paper’s print operation, thereby saving scores of forest acres.

5. Sheryl Crow — No, she can’t spare a square: In a deal with concert promoters and venue owners, the “All I Wanna Do (Is Have Some Fun)” singer succeeds in banishing toilet paper.

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