2008-04-25 / Community

Weiner Celebrates Earth Day In Style

By Nicholas Briano

Weiner pulls into Gateway National Recreation Area on Tuesday in a vegetable oil powered car for Earth Day Weiner pulls into Gateway National Recreation Area on Tuesday in a vegetable oil powered car for Earth Day Congressman Anthony Weiner celebrated Earth Day on Tuesday by driving to his "State of the National Park" speech at Gateway National Recreation Area in a french fry powered, Ecofriendly car.

At the press conference Weiner outlined his list of initiatives aimed at preserving the delicate of eco-system Gateway.

"We have done about $70 million of improvements in the last nine years and have an ambitious $100 million plan for the next ten years," Weiner said.

Parts of his plan include the continued restoration of the Jamaica Bay marshes, beach replenishment, a Floyd Bennett Field boat launch, and working with the NYPD to move their training facility from Gateway to College Point.

"Each year here at Gateway we try and make things a little bit better," Weiner said.

Sean Meenan is the owner of the french fry-powered car that provided the ride for Weiner. Meenan is the proprietor of Brooklyn's Habana Outpost on Fulton Street, an eco-friendly restaurant that uses solar power and captures rainwater to flush its toilets.

Weiner shows off the vegetable fuel system in the back of the converted 1965 Lincoln Continental. Weiner shows off the vegetable fuel system in the back of the converted 1965 Lincoln Continental. The car, a 1965 Lincoln Continental, was serviced in Iowa where the gas compression engine was replaced with an old diesel engine retro-fitted to run on vegetable oil. The oil, Meenan says, comes from his restaurant after it is used for cooking.

"This car gets about 30 miles per gallon," the restaurateur said. "I used to have to pay to have the oil carted away, now I just throw it in the back of the tank."

Weiner, Meenan, owner of the environmentally friendly car, and Gateway Park Ranger Pete McCarthy, join together at the Congressman's "State of the National Park Speech." Weiner, Meenan, owner of the environmentally friendly car, and Gateway Park Ranger Pete McCarthy, join together at the Congressman's "State of the National Park Speech." Weiner outlines his plan to improve facilities and the eco-system of Gateway National Recreation Area and the surrounding areas. Weiner outlines his plan to improve facilities and the eco-system of Gateway National Recreation Area and the surrounding areas.

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