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Vail Valley: ‘Fuel’ examines U.S. energy use

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Vail Symposium's documentary film series continues with a screening of Sundance Film Festival Award winner, "Fuel," on Thursday.

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Symposium Thursday night will show the film, “Fuel,” which explores the U.S. dependence on oil, climate change and energy solutions for the future. It is the third film in the Symposium’s documentary series.

Director and narrator of the film, Josh Ticknell takes the viewer on a tour of the drama, politics and history of fuel. Ticknell says he began making “Fuel” 11 years ago after people he knew became sick from the petro-chemical facilities around their homes. Many of these facilities are concentrated in Louisiana, in a region nicknamed “Cancer Alley.”

The film proposes a few solutions, and encourages discussion of how alternative energy resources such as solar, wind, electricity and non-food based biofuels – such as algae – can play a role in the future energy supply.

Companies such as Exxon Mobil have taken an interest in the potential use of algae-based fuels and according to the New York Times, recently invested “$600 million in producing liquid transportation fuels from algae.”

“Fuel” has won seven awards at various film festivals, including best documentary-audience award at Sundance Film Festival 2008.

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