Environmental Protection

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Headed to D.C. by Clean Diesel Technology

The 73-foot Spruce Christmas tree that will be decorated outside the U.S. Capitol building this holiday season has begun its 24-day journey from Colorado to Washington, D.C. The Mack truck transporting the tree has near zero emissions due to its clean diesel engine.

The tree’s journey is supervised by the U.S. Forest Service and began its trek from the White River National Forest in Colorado to the nation’s capital on Nov. 2. The journey is expected to take 24 days, and the tree should arrive in Washington, D.C. by Nov. 26. Once the tree reaches its destination, it will then be decorated with 5,000 ornaments made by Colorado school children.

The Capitol Christmas tree journey is also a showcase of clean diesel technology.

"At the beginning it was a diesel-powered crane that placed the tree on the clean diesel truck that will transport it across the country using ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. It’s fitting that clean diesel technology has a major role in this holiday project as it does in the daily lives of all Americans. In addition, diesel-powered backup generators will provide power for the various ceremonies in communities along the journey designed to help celebrate this national event. The emissions from this Mack truck are near zero thanks to its advanced clean diesel engine and new emissions control technology,” said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

Several upcoming events have been planned for the tree during its journey from Colorado to Washington, D.C. The Mack truck will be stopping in various cities in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and others. For more information, please click here.

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