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“The People’s Tree” Stopped in 28 Cities During Three Week Trip to Nation’s Capitol
Washington, D.C. – After a three-week, 28-city tour across the United States, the 73-foot Engelmann Spruce Christmas tree that will be illuminated outside the U.S. Capitol building arrived this morning in Washington, D.C.
“The People’s Tree” began its 5,012 mile cross-country journey on November 2nd from the White River National Forest in Colorado en route to the nation’s capital. The tree’s journey was under the supervision of the U.S. Forest Service.
The tree was transported across the country on a SmartWay-certified, MACK® Pinnacle™ clean diesel truck. The truck was driven by former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who represented the State of Colorado which provided the tree.
“A Mack truck is a well-known global icon for heavy duty vehicles and the entire trucking industry, representing a long heritage of durability, efficiency and performance,” said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “The Mack truck that transported this magnificent tree across the country is also a modern showcase of clean diesel technology.
"Selecting a new generation clean diesel technology truck using modern ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was an easy choice for this journey, since no other energy source or fuel could have provided the combination of power, efficiency, fuel availability and near zero emissions that this advanced clean diesel truck provided.
“These new technology clean diesel trucks are not only near zero emissions but also are more energy efficient, and are proven to use 5 to 8 percent less fuel than previous generation of diesel technology, which means lower emissions of CO2 and lower fuel costs to truckers,” Schaeffer said.
Official Tree Lighting Ceremony Scheduled for December 4th
The Capitol Christmas Tree has been placed on the west lawn of the Capitol grounds and will now be decorated with 5,000 ornaments made by Colorado school children. It will officially be lit in a ceremony with Speaker of the House John Boehner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th. After the lighting ceremony, the tree will be available for public viewing throughout the holiday season. The tree will be lit nightly from dusk until 11 p.m.
2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour
The following cities were included in the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour powered by clean diesel technology:
- November 6 – Rangely-Steamboat Springs, CO
- November 7 – Dillon – Glenwood Springs, CO
- November 8 – Grand Junction – Montrose, CO
- November 9 – Cortez – Durango, CO
- November 10 – Pagosa – Alamosa, CO
- November 11 – Colorado Springs – Denver, CO
- November 12 – Greeley – LaJunta, CO
- November 13 – Albuquerque, NM
- November 14 – Amarillo, TX
- November 15 – Dallas, TX
- November 16 – Oklahoma City, OK
- November 17 – Independence (Kansas City), MO
- November 18 – St. Louis, MO
- November 19 – Nashville, TN
- November 20 – Atlanta, GA
- November 21 – Asheville, NC
- November 22 – Concord, NC
- November 23 – Staunton, VA
- November 24 – Allentown, PA – Milford, PA
- November 25 – Andrews AFB
- November 26 – U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
ABOUT THE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY FORUM
The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.
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