Caravan to Promote Alternative Fuels

In spring 2003 the Institute of Ecolonomics (IOE) will embark on the Drive to Survive, a cross-country journey from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate the viability and availability of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Ridgway, Colorado – January 17, 2003 [] With actor and ecolonomist Dennis Weaver at the helm, the drive will emphasize energy independence and educate the public about developing a hydrogen economy. During the three-week media tour, the drive team will demonstrate new technologies and exchange ideas with students and educators, corporations and consumers, constituents and politicians. The drive will showcase cutting-edge vehicles, such as those powered by hydrogen, electricity, compressed natural gas, biodiesel, methanol and ethanol. “This spring, on the Drive to Survive 2003, we will demonstrate the incredible technologies currently available and capable of extending our present energy supply,” said Weaver. “We’re talking about technologies that can replace the internal combustion engine and the fuel that drives it … technologies that will free us from dependency on foreign oil.” When the caravan crosses the finish line in the nation’s capitol, Weaver will deliver a 100,000-signature petition 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 exact date of the trip is still pending final arrangements. The caravan is an active extension of the Ecolonomics Institute’s principles. It was founded in 1993 by Weaver, with the goal of demonstrating that creating a symbiotic relationship between a strong economy and a healthy ecology is the only formula for a sustainable future. The institute and the upcoming caravan this spring are based on Weaver’s conviction that a truly sustainable future requires a healthy environment and a prosperous economy. A number of goals are central to the institute including advancing a national agenda of development of non-polluting technologies that turn into viable “ecolonomic” businesses, and identifying research, demonstrating and promoting clean and inexhaustible energy sources


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