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Is it possible to drive coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump? Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, this green-thinking guy — who's in love with the idea of free fuel — sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. Will they make it from Vermont to California in a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease Dumpsters along the way? More important, can two guys survive 192 consecutive hours together?

Their expedition on and off the road includes visits to the solar-powered Google headquarters; the National Ethanol Council; the wind turbines of southwestern Minnesota; the National Renewable Energy Lab; a visit to one of the first houses to receive platinum certification for leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); an "eco-friendly" Wal-Mart; and the world's largest geothermal heating system.

Part adventure and part investigation of what we're doing (or not doing) to preserve the planet, Greasy Rider is upbeat, funny, and full of surprising information about sustainable measures that are within our reach.

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"Early on in this eco-travelogue, mechanically-disinclined magazine writer Melville notes, 'I simply needed to look at my reflection in the rearview mirror to realize that nearly anyone can operate and maintain a french-fry car.' Indeed, it turns out Melville is easily able to convert a diesel-engine Mercedes into a vehicle powered entirely on fryer oil, collected (usually for free) from restaurant grease dumpsters. Joined by his college friend, Iggy, Melville embarks on the first oil-powered cross-country road trip. There isn't really much suspense to the quest, especially once it's clear that they can use oil purchased at the supermarket. Unfortunately, greasy restaurant backlots don't make for great anecdotes, and the duo's banter isn't as funny or insightful as Melville seems to think. What keeps it from reading like a padded magazine article are Melville's side trips: he learns how Fort Knox has converted to geo-thermal heating and cooling, investigates just how eco-friendly Al Gore's mansion really is, and talks to representatives of various 'green' U.S. Government agencies. These insights, and the simplicity of his grease-powered transport, propel an otherwise slight read into a thought-, and perhaps action-provoking lesson in alternative fuel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Greg Melville is a freelance journalist who's written for such publications as Men's Journal, Outside, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, the Wall Street Journal, Money, and National Geographic Adventure.

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Preparation

Burlington, Vermont to Waterloo, New York

Waterloo, New York to Chicago, Illinois

Errand 1: The Ultimate Green Home

Chicago, Illinois, to Worthington, Minnesota

Errand 2: Wind Power

Worthington, Minnesota, to North Platte, Nebraska

Errand 3: Ethanol

North Platte, Nebraska, to Golden, Colorado

Errand 4: Find "Fence Swingers"

Golden, Colorado, to Little America, Wyoming

Errand 5: Heat

Little America, Wyoming, to Lovelock, Nevada

Errand 6: Green Wal-Mart?

Lovelock, Nevada, to Berkeley, California

The Final Errand: The Letter

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Madam Pince, September 21, 2008 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
Take an Eastern liberal with no mechanical aptitude, pair him with a down-to-earth college friend who knows his way around an engine, and put them in a retooled Mercedes for an eight-day trip across the country while begging restaurants for fry-oil fuel -- and you'll have a laugh-aloud read that leaves you longing for French fries. Greg Melville & his pal Iggy travel from Burlington, Vermont to Berkeley, CA in the footsteps of cross-country driving pioneer H. Nelson Jackson, while searching for greener alternatives to everyday life. Not only do they glimpse Al Gore's Tennessee mansion and visit Fort Knox's geothermally-powered complex, they also encounter Hank in Nebraska (and his self-published Jesus screed), endure teeth-chattering cold as they climb the Rockies (the Mercedes' heat stops working when the car exceeds 50 mph), and discover another college pal is gay (his computer log-in is “Two Gay Guys”). Combined with side trips to Google, Dartmouth, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a wind-turbine farm, and the world's first green Wal-Mart, Melville delivers a funny and thought-provoking tale that not only splits your sides, but makes you ponder reducing your carbon footprint.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565125957
Subtitle:
Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future
Author:
Melville, Greg
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Automobile travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Power Resources - Alternative & Renewable
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation and Protection
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
Subject:
Green movement
Subject:
Automobile travel -- United States.
Subject:
Nature - Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20081021
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
257
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Early on in this eco-travelogue, mechanically-disinclined magazine writer Melville notes, 'I simply needed to look at my reflection in the rearview mirror to realize that nearly anyone can operate and maintain a french-fry car.' Indeed, it turns out Melville is easily able to convert a diesel-engine Mercedes into a vehicle powered entirely on fryer oil, collected (usually for free) from restaurant grease dumpsters. Joined by his college friend, Iggy, Melville embarks on the first oil-powered cross-country road trip. There isn't really much suspense to the quest, especially once it's clear that they can use oil purchased at the supermarket. Unfortunately, greasy restaurant backlots don't make for great anecdotes, and the duo's banter isn't as funny or insightful as Melville seems to think. What keeps it from reading like a padded magazine article are Melville's side trips: he learns how Fort Knox has converted to geo-thermal heating and cooling, investigates just how eco-friendly Al Gore's mansion really is, and talks to representatives of various 'green' U.S. Government agencies. These insights, and the simplicity of his grease-powered transport, propel an otherwise slight read into a thought-, and perhaps action-provoking lesson in alternative fuel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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