Should Cut Reindeer Emissions By Staggering Percentage
Saying that Santa "is going
green," on Wednesday US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters
certified the first-ever hydrogen powered sleigh as safe to operate
in US airspace this holiday season.
"Santa’s new sleigh is a hybrid vehicle that can fly using
either the traditional eight tiny reindeer or modern hydrogen fuel
cells. The hydrogen sleigh is quieter, so Santa can make his
deliveries without waking children and disturbing the visions of
sugarplums dancing in their heads," Peters said.
Secretary Peters and members of the Department’s Research
and Innovative Technology Administration Holiday Team inspected
Santa’s sleigh -- including the hydrogen fuel cell that
powers it -- as well as new crash avoidance technology, and the GPS
unit that will get Santa to all the houses on his list.
Sources at the DOT tell ANN the hydrogen fuel cells provide
sufficient power needed to pull the sleigh at speeds in excess of
650 miles-per-second -- give or take a nanosecond or two --
necessary for Santa to complete his mission in one night. That is
particularly impressive, as Santa must travel against the jet
stream for a large part of his annual journey.
Of course, Santa's sleigh was already the fastest non-turbine
general-aviation vehicle in existence, by a sizable margin...
although we're sure there's a Columbia 400 owner out there who'd
After the inspection, the
Secretary signed a "Hydrogen Prototype Vehicle Waiver" that
authorizes Santa, aka Kris Kringle, to operate the vehicle in US
airspace and on rooftops.
The waiver signed by the Secretary expressed the
Department’s wishes to promote the safe, efficient and
environmentally-friendly passage of holiday goodies by a
well-trained crew of reindeer and Santa’s prototype
"Santa’s new sleigh guarantees on-time delivery of toys to
millions of good girls and boys this holiday season," Secretary
Of course, using hydrogen power should also drastically reduce a
little-reported, but very real, problem with Santa's previous
method of propulsion. The DOT says holiday carolers and other
pedestrians need no longer worry about being nailed by, um,
reindeer "emissions" traveling at speeds in excess of 650