‘Fields of Fuel’ unveils a curtain of deception covering America’s crippling dependence on foreign oil as it explores one possible solution to the coming energy crisis. Made from vegetable oil, ‘biodiesel’ fuel, is an economically sustainable, environmentally sound alternative fuel already widely used in Europe. It has the potential to reduce dangerous green house gases, boost America’s sagging economy, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

So why doesn’t everyone know about biodiesel?

‘Fields of Fuel’ reveals that economic and political barriers are preventing the widespread adoption of this homegrown alternative to petroleum.
We follow author and filmmaker Josh Tickell as he engages people on both sides of the energy divide – providing viewers with a new perspective on what may be the most important and most hidden issue on Earth.
Tickell grew up in the shadow of a Louisiana oil refinery. His family was decimated by petroleum-linked cancer. So that’s where he begins his journey. He finds a dying domestic oil industry subsisting on now almost empty fields of ‘black gold.’

The film probes into the oil industry to find oil companies shifting their focus to other forms of energy as world oil reserves plunge to depletion. The filmmaker meets with prominent oil geologists who state that oil will be too expensive for most consumers by 2020. Perhaps even sooner.
We discover that Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, actually invented his engine to run on vegetable oil over 100 years ago. After his body was found mysteriously floating in the English Channel, his engine was modified to run on a by-product of the oil refining process known as “diesel oil”.

Today, our worldwide diesel infrastructure provides the backbone for society. Almost every train, truck, bus, construction machine and agricultural device runs on diesel. All diesel vehicles can use biodiesel with no modifications. In fact, biodiesel can be poured directly into the fuel tanks of diesel vehicles.

The film takes viewers through America’s breadbasket to meet farmers who grow crops such as sunflowers, soybeans, and canola for biodiesel. The film also reveals a potentially abundant and yet untapped energy resource – high oil yielding algae that can be directly turned into biodiesel fuel. This algae can be grown in the deserts and will supply enough fuel so that the United States could once again become an energy exporter. Together, with other forms of renewable energy, biodiesel offers a means to produce our fuel and energy domestically – a move critical to the survival of America.

In the final part of the journey, the filmmaker investigates the need for clear political leadership in America on energy. With the American people taking a committed stance on their energy and their political leaders in check, there is hope that the United States and the rest of the world to transition from the energy sources of yesterday to the energy sources of tomorrow.