E-Triking Across Country For Clean Power

How would you like to cover 2,500 miles from Colorado to Washington, DC on a human-powered, electric-assist “rocket trike?” That’s what green energy advocate Tom Weis is doing, calling for a national goal of a 100% U.S. renewable electricity grid by 2020.

In this call, he’s not alone. The ride–which started recently at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s wind technology center, on the anniversary of President Kennedy’s historic speech calling on the country to put a man on the moon–is backed by organizations like the Earth Policy Institute, the American Wind Energy Association, and Greenpeace, who see a similar need today for bold government action on the topic of climate change.

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image via Tom Weis

Over the next eight weeks, Weis plans to visit a dozen states on his futuristic electric trike to profile solar, wind, geothermal and efficiency solutions to the climate crisis, while also bringing attention to looming energy problems like coal burning, nuclear power and mountaintop removal mining. A petition issuing the 100% by 2020 demand is online at: www.ClimateCrisisSolutions.com.

“Congress and the President need to endorse this bold goal now,” said author and supporter Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org in a statement. “Fossil fuels are wrecking the planet and scientists are telling us we have very little time to act if we want to keep living on Earth.” Weis echoed the sentiment, also in a statement: “Nobody can tell me America can’t do this. We have a long history of fresh, entrepreneurial thinking that uniquely suits us for this historic task. It is time for us to once again step up and help protect the world.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.