Fuel (I) (2008)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Himself / narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herself - Senator - California
Himself - Founder, Virgin Group
Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Herself - Musician / Environmental Activist
Himself - Actor / Comedian / Environmental Activist
Deborah Dupre ...
Herself - Environmental Activist and Josh's Mom
Jeremiah Dupre ...
Josh's brother
Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Perry Freeze ...
Himself - Owner of Diesel Volkswagen Jetta
Himself - Actor / Renewable Energy Advocate
Himself, Environmental Expert
Himself - Actor / Environmentalist
Jay Inslee ...
Himself - Congressman, Washington


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 Rebecca Harrell

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The world is addicted to oil... It's time for an intervention. See more »




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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,386 (USA) (18 September 2009)


$173,783 (USA) (30 October 2009)

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The Veggie Van, seen in the film "FUEL", is still running strong. Josh slept in it the van for much of the film, parking it anywhere he could to try to get a night's rest on the way to the next interview or appearance. The original interior has been removed to make the back of the van into a mini screening room, complete with bench seats, monitors, and a battery/inverter system to run the monitors and a DVD player. The cab of the Veggie Van is unchanged from Josh's days crossing the country in search of the next barrel of grease. The clutch pedal is awfully close to the fender well, so it's easier to drive in town with your left shoe off. The van has a top speed of about 65 mph. Tail winds and downhill grades are very welcome occurrences. Josh, and the many of his staff drive much more practical diesel vehicles than the Veggie Van, and they run biodiesel whenever they can. See more »


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Inspirational story, good information, fun music, and a different perspective,
16 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At its recent Hollywood Premiere, the film "Fuel" brought the audience to its feet in the longest standing ovation of all its many ovations that it received at every film festival - including each of the 10 screenings at Sundance Film Festival.

This film shows the world what a small percentage of us have known for several years now: Biodiesel is available, works in any diesel vehicle, is made in America, and is better for the environment than petroleum fuels. It does not stop with biodiesel but instead, presents many sustainable energy solutions available right now for individual and planetary health, security and economic prosperity.

"Fuel" goes from Josh Tickell's time on a farm in Germany where he learned that diesel fuel can be made from vegetable and animal products, to his journey across America in the Veggie Van, to the widespread production of biodiesel from used fryer oil, to the present where new biodiesel is being made from algae and new food stocks and is available from ordinary pumps at filling stations.

The film answers the question on everyone's mind these days: Is biodiesel going to make food expensive and starve the poor? The answer is no. Biodiesel is made from oils, while the solids from the feed stock go on to be food for people and animals. The film does not suggest that biodiesel will supply all our food and energy needs. We learn the value of wind, solar, geothermal, and other clean, domestic energy sources in filling the missing pieces of the puzzle that will free us from our dependence on oil.

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