Yesterday I watched the documentary “Fuel” on YouTube. What an an eye opener.
The first point Josh Tickell, a biofuel enthusiast and director of “Fuel”, makes is that American need for oil is what caused us to go to Iraq. There is no conspiracy, it’s a known fact that many agree on. Common knowledge that’s inconvenient to think about and easy for people to just push aside, myself included. But if you just think about it for a little bit, it’s really shocking. Me and you, driving our cars everywhere up and down town is directly related to why my dad went overseas twice in my life. Millions of people have been affected by the war in Iraq, but they don’t realize that they are part of the reason we went there in the first place.
Tickell also talks about oil processing in the U.S. and how it affects those around it. His own mother, from Louisiana, had nine miscarriages. In addition to causing reproductive problems, these oil processing communities breed “cancer alleys,” which have some of the highest rates of cancer in the world. Fun.
He includes lots of information, including how dependent we really are on oil, his own voyage to increase awareness of alternative energy sources, and the pros and cons of said energy sources. I think everyone should watch this movie.
We can all do something now to reduce our fuel use. Use your voice to vote, buy hybrid, or advocate alternative fuel sources. Take public transportation, bike, or walk instead of driving. Even buying local produce reduces fuel use. Now, how can I trade my car in for a hybrid or diesel? My parents aren’t gonna be happy with that one!