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Fuel The Movie

Topics: Clean & Green, Popular Media | Add A CommentBy admin | February 26, 2009

How Innovation Can Power The Future

Although I’m still convinced America would reap multiple benefits by fueling itself with its own fat, my mind is open to other possibilities. Which is why I’m intrigued with the Sundance Award winning documentary Fuel, directed by activist Josh Tickell, and based on his book Biodiesel America. The film explores America’s irrational history of dependence on the petrochemical industry, and through interviews with a surprising array of notable figures (Robert Kennedy Jr, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, and more), looks into the plethora of solutions to our numerous energy woes. Early reviews are mostly positive, and the film is scheduled for wider limited release beginning March 13, 2008. The Hulu clip here is from Tickell’s appearance on Jay Leno; see the trailer here, and visit the film’s web site for more information. One of the key pitches for the film involves talking about Rockefeller’s strategy to halt Ford’s first ethanol cars by backing prohibition. I just want to say that after some light research, this assertion seems a little feeble in my opinion; Ford himself aggressively supported prohibition. In any case, I can’t wait to see it for myself; it’s exciting to see this kind of interest in a film that takes a look at positive possibilities instead of just lazily re-stating the glaringly obvious flaws in our petrol-driven economies.