A Movie About Fuel Competition

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Huffington Post published a good write-up about the new movie, PUMP. The author, Carl Pope, wrote:

"The movie, produced by the Fuel Freedom Foundation, puts today's global oil landscape in the proper historic perspective, tracing how oil's current monopoly as a transportation fuel emerged. First came John D. Rockefeller's successful efforts to leverage prohibition to kill off Henry Ford's plan to rely on alcohol as the primary driver of the automotive revolution. In the '30s General Motors conspired with Chevron, Firestone and Mack Truck to shut down America's streetcar system. The recent assault on ethanol as a fuel was, similarly, funded and managed by the oil industry and its hired guns.

"PUMP next takes us on a survey of the fuels that ought to be competing with oil for our transportation dollar — because they all cost less than gasoline or diesel — electric vehicles, natural gas fuels, or biofuels derived from agricultural or municipal wastes or dedicated crops. It argues that a huge portion of today's cars could actually operate on ethanol or methanol derived from natural gas or biomass with truly trivial software and fuel line modifications, while fleet turnover will more slowly take us to a largely electric vehicle future. It uses Brazil as a powerful counter-narrative, a country that did break oil's monopoly at its pumps, and convincingly argues that the alternatives to oil are both better and cheaper — if they could get into the market."

The fastest way to get these fuels into the market is the Open Fuel Standard. Let's hope the movie awakens Americans' determination to break oil's monopoly forever.

Read the whole article in The Huffington Post here: Pump the Movie — Pricking Petro-Nonsense.

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Using Yahoo Answers for a Public Education Campaign

Thursday, August 28, 2014

If everyone you know is already educated about the Open Fuel Standard, and you want to inform more people, here is a way you can do it: Go to Yahoo Answers and sign up. Then click on "Discover." You'll see many categories. Choose "Environment" or "Politics and Government" or "Cars and Transportation." Make a bookmark or toolbar bookmark for this.

Now check it every day. People are always asking questions. You will see questions that can be answered with information about the Open Fuel Standard (it is a good answer or solution to many problems).

Sometimes you have to go through quite a few to get to a question you can answer. When you find one, give a good answer. Help educate people.

You can also use the search function and type in something like "fuel" or "open fuel standard" or "national security" or "economy" and then click on "Newest" to find good questions.

You can also ask questions and vote on the answer.

Often Yahoo questions and answers rank very high on a Google or Bing search. So your answer can potentially reach many people over time. In the meantime, you're educating the few people involved in that particular question and answer. It's actually fun and addicting and will help us get the word out.

Use lots of links in your answers. Put in the time to write good answers. Try to get your answer voted as the best one. If you're ready to launch your public education campaign, start here: Yahoo Answers.

Author: Adam Khan, the co-founder of OpenFuelStandard.org and co-author of the book, Fill Your Tank With Freedom. 

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Yossie Hollander Interviewed by Frank Gaffney

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The following was written by Landon Hall and published on FuelFreedom.org:

Americans often get caught up in where we get our oil, convinced that the goal should be to reduce our dependence on imported resources.

Although that’s an admirable goal, the origin of the oil we use isn’t as important as the fact that it’s too expensive, Fuel Freedom chairman and co-founder Yossie Hollander said this week on Frank Gaffney’s “Secure Freedom Radio” show.

To listen to the ten-minute segment, click here.

Gaffney, who is also a Washington Times columnist, began the segment with Yossie Hollander, co-founder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, by asking whether the United States is “too dependent on world energy supplies, and the possibility that they might be interrupted.”

“I think people sometimes mistake the issue of dependency on oil as an import issue or an export issue,” Yossie replied. “The problem is the price. If oil was $1 a barrel, we wouldn’t mind if we imported it from anywhere in the world, because it wouldn’t fund anything that was operating against us.”

This line of thought highlighted one of the key pillars of Fuel Freedom’s message: That the wealth created by expensive oil often ends up underwriting violent extremist groups.

“If we reduce the price of oil to $50, $60 a barrel, then we can de-fund those elements,” Yossie said.

The price of Brent crude rose by $1.26 on Friday, to $103.40 a barrel, largely on concerns about the conflict along the Russia-Ukraine border.

Yossie explained that the solution is to “allow us choice at the pump” by forcing gasoline to compete with other fuels like ethanol and methanol. Alcohol fuels can be processed from a variety of resources widely available in the U.S., including corn, natural gas, garbage and biomass.

“We have so many resources that can produce liquid fuels that are cheaper than gasoline by at least a dollar a gallon,” he said.

Asked by Gaffney what needs to happen to clear the way for competition, Yossie said:

“I think what we’re promoting the most is the ability to covert your car. We figure that most of the cars built in the last 20 years can probably be converted to run on various liquid fuels, all in the same tank. And that can be done for less than $300 per car, if the regulations allowed it.”

All of these issues are laid out in the Fuel Freedom-produced documentary, “PUMP,” coming to theaters in September. Which Gaffney is eager to see.

“Fuel choice is the name of the game, it seems to me,” he said. “I think this is a tremendously important initiative. I look forward to seeing the movie.”

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Landon Hall has more than 20 years of experience as a reporter and editor, including a decade at The Associated Press in Portland, Oregon, and New York City.

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