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Drive to Survive 2003 to Promote Alternative Fuels and "Drive Hydrogen Home

Submitted by: Institute of Ecolonomics

Categories: Environment

Posted: Mar 04, 2003 – 11:00 PM EST

 

RIDGWAY, CO - This spring, the Institute of Ecolonomics (IOE) will embark on the Drive to Survive, an ambitious cross-country journey from Los Angeles to Washington DC to demonstrate the viability and availability of hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles and to "Drive Hydrogen Home."

With actor and ecolonomist Dennis Weaver at the helm, the drive team will travel, May 1-14, through major cities across the country: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Washington DC. And we'll hold "Pit Stops" in Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento, California; Reno, Nevada; Grand Junction, Colorado; Russell, Kansas; Columbia, Missouri and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The drive team will emphasize energy independence and educate the public about developing a hydrogen economy. During the two-week educational and media tour, the team will demonstrate new technologies and exchange ideas with students and educators, corporations and consumers, constituents and politicians. The drive will also showcase cutting-edge vehicles, such as those powered by hydrogen, electricity, compressed natural gas, biodiesel, methanol and ethanol.

When the caravan crosses its finish line in our nation's capitol, Mr. Weaver will deliver a petition with thousands of signatures to Congress demanding that lawmakers make a declaration of energy independence by increasing fuel efficiency, promoting alternative fuels and decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. The Drive to Survive Finish Line event will celebrate this history-making victory with a hands-on vehicle expo and competition against the backdrop of the Capitol.

The Drive to Survive builds on the momentum of IOE's Drive for Life 2001, a 1,000-mile course from Los Angeles to Denver along segments of historic Route 66.

Founded in 1993 by actor and community leader Dennis Weaver, the nonprofit Institute of Ecolonomics demonstrates that creating a symbiotic relationship between a strong economy and a healthy ecology is the only formula for a sustainable future.

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Phone: (415) 357-2929

 

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