Synopses & Reviews
Before September 11, 2001, few Americans had heard the term "energy security." Now, with soaring fuel prices, rising tension in the Middle East, and natural disasters threatening U.S. petroleum production, the need for an immediate solution to our oil-dependence has become a national priority. Yet a magic formula for freeing America has eluded technocrats, lawmakers, and the American public alike. In his powerful new book, Biodiesel America
, energy expert Josh Tickell shatters the myths that surround America's oil dependence and illuminates the solutions.
From Saudi Arabia's most guarded secret to Henry Ford's thwarted plans to fuel the nation with biofuel, from exposing the link between school buses and asthma to showing the potential for every school district in the nation to run on clean-burning biodiesel, from top secret cars that get over 300 miles per gallon to new fuel crops that could soon yield billions of gallons of clean fuel, Biodiesel America provides a fresh perspective on our oil-laden history, our present position of energy compromise, and the true potential for a fossil-fuel-free future.
In no-nonsense language, Tickell explains:
- why America is more dependent on oil than any other nation
- why Saudi Arabia's oil empire will soon crumble, sending energy prices skyrocketing
- why normal, everyday vehicles that get 80 miles per gallon are already sold in Europe, but not in the United States
- how Rudolf Diesel invented an engine to run on vegetable oil over 100 years ago
- how you can take simple steps to make money and decrease your dependence on oil
shows that an abundance of available, economically viable, and profitable energy solutions exists. At the forefront of these new energy technologies is biodiesel, a fuel that could bring over one million jobs back to rural America, invigorate our economy, and create a stable domestic fuel supply.
"Meticulously researched and packed with indisputable facts and little known industry secrets, Tickell's Biodiesel America is the definitive work to date on this burgeoning new fossil fuel-free solution. Thanks to Josh's inspiration, all of my family's transportation is biodiesel-powered. This book could be just what America needs to make a clean break from big oil." John Schaeffer, founder & president,
Real Goods and the Solar Living Institute
"Biodiesel America gives me hope for the future of our great country. Thanks to Josh's book, we can grow our fuel, bring money into our communities and stop our dependence on foreign energy." Luke Perry, actor & farmer
"Energy independence is the only alternative. Josh's book is a giant leap in that direction." Woody Harrelson, actor & environmentalist
"Renewable energies like biodiesel are critical to a safe and bountiful future for America. Tickell's book moves us one step closer to that future by shedding light on the elusive oil industry and providing a realistic liquid energy solution that is available right now." Ed Begley Jr., actor & environmentalist
About the Author
Josh Tickell's research has taken him from the grease dumpsters of Florida and the farms of the Australian Outback to the Laboratories of the Department of Energy and the oil refineries of the Gulf Coast. Tickell has consulted and testified for companies and organizations such as the National Biodiesel Board, Clif Bar, Quicksilver and the Arizona State House of Representatives. His first book, From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel
, is a bestseller and has been instrumental in jumpstarting the biodiesel industry.
A native of South Louisiana, Tickell has been extensively involved in hurricane disaster relief efforts. His work with biodiesel in Louisiana was selected by President Bill Clinton as part of the Global Initiative on Climate Change.