Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Change Your Fuel - Change the World

Just watched the trailer for this film. Looking forward to the rest...

In theaters: November 14, 2008
Record high oil prices, global warming, and an insatiable demand for energy: these issues will be the catalyst for heated debates and positive change for many years to come. 2008 Sundance award-winning film FUEL exposes shocking connections between the auto industry, the oil industry and the government, while exploring alternative energies such as solar, wind, electricity and non-food-based biofuels. Josh Tickell and his Veggie Van take us on the road as we discover the pros and cons of biofuels, how America’s addiction to oil is destroying the U.S. economy and how green energy can save us, but only if we act now.

As the media begins to "get" the film, we're beginning to receive questions that are far more diverse. The connection between our national addiction to oil and our failing economy is becoming clearer by the day. (I was disheartened to see Circuit City is closing over 100 stores - right before the holiday season - ouch!) And now, with yet another bailout for automakers on the table, we see another issue covered in FUEL - how to restart America's dying auto industry. My personal feeling is the $25 billion would be better spent with new companies that are already producing green cars. GM's 40 mile per charge VOLT is a joke, especially when independent car companies already have 120 mile per charge vehicles on their production lines. Why subsidize the fossil car companies? They've destroyed their home city Detroit, they've kept innovation out of the marketplace through monopolistic activity and they have displayed a lack of leadership and a consistent distaste for progressive ideas that cut the use of FUEL. We go to Detroit in the movie FUEL - once people see what's really going on with these car companies - I think they'll agree that the big 3 should be giving the American public $25 billion back - not the other way around.

Director:Josh Tickell
Cast:Barbara Boxer, Sir Richard Branson, Sheryl Crow, Larry David, Laurie David, Larry Hagman, Woody Harrelson

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