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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 - 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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$173,783 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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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 »

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Do yourself a favor and watch this film!
16 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS FILM. Coming from the perspective of someone who knows very little U.S. energy consumption or the politics surrounding it, I found the film extremely accessible, clear, and captivating. It enlightened me on the big picture (which until seeing this film seemed overwhelming and unapproachable), gave me a sense of hope, and empowered me as the average citizen with simple things I can do to be a part of the solution. I was touched and inspired by FUEL and came away with a whole new outlook on the world and life itself!

Synopsis (from the FUEL website): Most Americans know we've got a problem: an addiction to oil that taxes the environment, entangles us in costly foreign policies, and threatens the nation's long-term stability. But few are informed or empowered enough to do much about it. Enter Josh Tickell, an expert young activist who, driven by his own emotionally charged motives, shuttles us on a revelatory, whirlwind journey to unravel this addiction — from its historical origins to political constructs that support it, to alternatives available now and the steps we can take to change things. Tickell tracks the rising domination of the petrochemical industry — from Rockefeller's strategy to halt ethanol use in Ford's first cars to the mysterious death of Rudolph Diesel at the height of his engine's popularization, to our government's choice to declare war after 9/11, rather than wean the country from fossil fuel. Never minimizing the complexities of ending oil dependence, Tickell uncovers a hopeful reality pointing toward a decentralized, sustainable energy infrastructure. Sweeping and exhilarating, Tickell's passionate film goes beyond great storytelling; it rings out like a bell that stirs consciousness and makes individual action suddenly seem consequential.


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