I think we’ve all admitted our addiction to oil. Fuel–winner of Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary and The New York Times Critic Pick–makes it clear that it’s time for an intervention.
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We will see many more oil spills unless our president, our administration and our congress create mandates for clean energy and disallow the concessions given to what is clearly an antiquated, dirty, dangerous and corrupt business. When President Teddy Roosevelt fought Standard Oil, he did so with the vigor and fervor that the foundation of our democracy was at stake. The time has come for us to do the same.
80% of the world’s oil reserves are located in just 13 countries which make up OPEC
OPEC stands for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and includes Algeria, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Angola, Indonesia, Ecuador, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
The area that makes gasoline in Louisiana is called “Cancer Alley.”
There are 150 petro-chemical facilities within 100 miles. The “fallout” (term from the EPA) from these facilities is a toxic cocktail of airborne chemicals that affects food, water and soil. Each refinery puts out hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals. There are many studies showing links between these chemicals and the exceedingly high levels of cancer in Louisiana.
The only ways to dispose of the toxic waste produced by oil refineries.
- Burn it
- Dump it on land
- Dump it in water.
Check Fuel out at your local library–or purchase it–and share it with your friends and neighbors.
Like this? You may want to read: Rainforest Chernobyl: The Other Oil Disaster
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