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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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Herself - Senator - California
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Himself - Founder, Virgin Group
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Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
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Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
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Himself - Actor / Comedian / Environmental Activist
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Herself - Environmental Activist and Josh's Mom
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Josh's brother
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Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Perry Freeze ...
Himself - Owner of Diesel Volkswagen Jetta
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Himself - Actor / Renewable Energy Advocate
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Himself - Actor / Environmentalist
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Himself - Congressman, Washington
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Himself - Attorney for NRDC / President, Water Keeper Alliance
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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 Rebecca Harrell

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

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$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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Inspiring
21 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fuel weaves a web of connection between US energy/petrol policy and the environmental and foreign policies that ensue from petrol dependence. Without being preachy, the narrator spins a yarn that takes him from the happy-go-lucky days of an Australian childhood to the US where he begins to mature in his views about energy and the most effective means to make a difference.

The film is stuffed with celebrities, the obligatory genuflection to a star-struck culture that can't imagine much if Cher, Willie Nelson, or Bono aren't hyping it. This aside, probably the most important aspect of the narrator's tale is how he realized that he wasn't going to get squat done if he didn't begin to work collectively. This is the most powerful message of his film. The last third of the move details all of the energy solutions afoot right now, which can be implemented with the right pressure on Congress. It's inspiring folks.

There only seemed to be one glaring error. This has to do with his calculus regarding the use of ethanol. I would suggest everyone read Alcohol Can Be a Gas for a more intelligent discussion on ethanol. The other bone to pick is the matter of environmental racism. Americans are likely more predisposed to any card but the infamous race card. The rebound effects for his own mother, however, demonstrate that good old saying by the big J himself, "That which you do to the Least of my brothers, that's what you do onto me."


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