Rolling Sunlight takes flight

by Daniel Kessler

August 22, 2007

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be sitting on top of this much power. Only an astronaut (and maybe Elvis in his heyday) knows how this feels. I’m talking about being behind the wheel of the Rolling Sunlight, Greenpeace’s mobile demonstration and educational vehicle showcasing clean energy technologies that I, along with three other lucky souls, will be piloting across America for a month.

The idea behind our expedition is to draw attention to global warming and what we all can do to slow it. I think we can all agree that the global warming future is not one that we want. We can also agree to prevent it. To do so we must look to the clean alternatives that are available and use the electricity that is generated in our society responsibly. Enter the Rolling Sunlight, a bio-diesel chugging, solar powered powerhouse that proves that with a big dose of ingenuity and a dash of fun, we can do anything, even reshape our energy economy into one built upon renewable energy.

I can’t wait to see the looks on people’s faces when we roll into campsites and parking lots with this baby. To keep us powered we’ll be drinking solar smoothies made in blender powered by the sun. If you see us on the road you’d better stop for one. They’re delicious.

Along the long asphalt trail from Washington D.C. to San Francisco we’ll also be promoting Project Hot Seat, Greenpeace’s campaign to force Congress to act on global warming NOW. PHS is working from coast to coast and Congress is starting to listen. Just last week they passed an energy bill with a national renewable energy standard. Now we need them keep to it up and pass an increase to car fuel efficiency and cap global warming emissions.

I hope you’ll join us on our adventure this month by reading our trip blog. We’ll tell you about what we see, who we meet, and about the amazing capacity of our renewable ride.

Until then,

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