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The bluesy Bonnie Raitt's activism predates almost any musician on the green circuit today, beginning most notably with her co-founding of Musicians United for Safe Energy as a response the nuclear incident on Three Mile Island in 1979. Along with Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and John Hall, MUSE hosted five "No Nukes" concerts at Madison Square Garden followed by a 200,000-strong rally at the Battery Party City Landfill in New York City. Twenty-eight years later, No Nukes was still working, with Raitt, Nash and Browne recording a video for Buffalo Springfield's anti-war anthem "For What It's Worth." In 2005 and 2006, Raitt's tours were greened with the help of Reverb, who helped to calculate and offset the carbon emissions. Raitt has been praised for her use of the most expensive B99 biofuel, featuring only one percent diesel, and has been vocal with her fans about moving toward clean energy, telling The New York Times in 2007, "A change is coming. Green power is the way out of this mess."
Photo:Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and Rep. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts hold a press congress calling on Congress to edit the Senate-passed energy bill to prevent funding for nuclear reactors, in Washington, DC, October 23, 2007.