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Director Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America's addiction to oil. A shrinking economy, a failing auto industry, rampant unemployment, an out-of-control national debt, and an insatiable demand for energy weigh heavily on all of us. Fuel shows us the way out of the mess we're in by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home. The film never dwells on the negative, but instead shows us the easy solutions already within our reach. Written by
After the film showed at Sundance, Josh had the funding he needed to do extensive editing and re-shooting to keep the film current, and to address changes in the alternative fuels climate. When "Fields of Fuel" became "Fuel", in its current form, the film addressed the controversies about biofuels, and added an animated section explaining the science and economics behind biofuels. See more »
"Fuel" Best Practices Can Solve Global Economic Collapse, Environmental Energy Crisis, and Security Risks - For Rich and Poor
If one 2008 film can transform today's world to one where human and planetary health, national and global security, and human rights are restored peacefully, it's "Fuel." This film is about everyone working together to develop and use the vast array of clean, safe, sustainable energy solutions available right now.
Lesson learned in "Fuel" related to the biodiesel "food for fuel" disinformation campaign to halt biodiesel production, is that next generation food-free biodiesel, such as algae, desert grass and Camelina grown on non-agricultural land, are paramount to global sustainable energy solutions. Keeping biodiesel technology but not the old way of making it is a key to today's economic, environmental, and security issues. Throwing the baby out with the bath water has never been a humane solution. It appears that some groups are intent on causing the average person to think the contrary - about both biodiesel and babies. That's why "Fuel" needs to be seen by most Americans; the sooner the better for humanity. "Fuel" leaves no question about what is morally right. Not only that, it inspires and motivates with its compassionate, evidence-based, solution-driven demonstrations.
Without seeing "Fuel," it seems too few Westerners, the "haves," realize the rich opportunities and justified hope that next generation biodiesel offers to not only them, but also to Earth's poorest of the poor. Many of the poor, such as Australian Aborigines who are among Earth's oldest living cultures now living in Least Developing conditions, could benefit from producing and using biodiesel. We hear complaints in the U.S. of high fuel prices, but most of these people at this point in the global economic collapse, still go and do. High oil prices for the world's poorest Peoples means they do not go or do. For those already experiencing high level suffering due to unemployment and associated disease, too expensive or no oil often means no transportation for services and supplies to survive. War on the Third World need not continue for the haves to continue having.
Locally produced biodiesel can help change the inhumane scenario of the poor and hungry to one of hope and health. Thanks to leadership of "Fuel" producer and one man in Least Developing Pacific Island Nation, Vanuatu, Tony Deamer, ni-Van buses run on coconut oil. The abundance of coconuts formerly left to rot on Vanuatu beaches now supply Deamer's biodiesel station; generate employment and income to locals that had neither; and are helping restore clean air to Port Villa - not to mention that streets now have a sweet scent similar to toasted coconut candy.
After a "Fuel" screening, a small group of biodiesel advocates explained that they had learned from and then followed footsteps of "Fuel" director. They now travel the world to Least Developed condition communities teaching Indigenous tribal villagers how to produce biodiesel so their villages have: fuel for their village tractor so they can grow their food more efficiently; fuel for their community generator for desperate needs such as water; fuel for their village school bus so their children can learn; and fuel for emergency trips to their far-off hospital to save a life. We in "developed nation" communities would now do well learning sustainable living from these villagers.
During "Fuel, there were roars of laughter, clapping, cheering, and wiping of tears upon seeing pain and suffering that we are complicit in committing when we fill our tanks with oil. After "Fuel," the standing ovation was longest I've ever seen. These are well-deserved rewards of a special young man who experienced as a boy the suffering deliberately induced by Big Oil profiteers. He vowed to offer a better choice to humanity.
The strong, favorable, audience responses to "Fuel" are due to that one young man's courageous determination to make a difference. Over twelve years, he demonstrated that focused determination to help halt suffering from petrochemical related injuries in his mother's home state, Louisiana, our great nation, America and the world. Those years of dedication and hard work are reflected in this amazing work of theatrical art.
Seeing "Fuel" is empowers, leaving viewers knowing that a better standard of living is possible for all of humanity. It's right here at our fingertips. Perhaps the most favorable "Fuel" response of all was made by several teachers: "This film should be screened in EVERY school in the United States!" Congratulations to everyone that contributed to "Fuel," especially to that special young man, one of my two great sons, Joshua Dupre' Tickell.
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