Dear Friends,

It’s been a while since I spoke to you from my heart. For the first 30 days of the oil disaster, I was in denial. I was in denial that the last 20 years of my life, working on environmental issues with a focus in South Louisiana – was all for naught. I was in denial that I felt so deeply and care so much about the people, the land, the flora and fauna of South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast where I grew up.

Over the past several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by emotion, breaking down in tears in the middle of meetings, unable to focus on anything but the growing black mass on the online NY Times Map of the Gulf Disaster, the pictures of birds covered in oil, the stories of dolphins, whales and so on. Overcome with rage, I began to frantically look for solutions and to try to understand how something this disastrous, something of this magnitude this could have happened and could be just continuing, unabated, with no objections.

And then I stopped. Something just didn’t add up.

Why is everyone in America not up in arms? Why are we not having protests in the streets? Why is there not a national outpouring of emotion? Why is BP not on criminal trial? Why is the president not being held to account as Commander in Chief of the largest military in the world – a military and an engineering force capable of putting weapons in space and certainly one capable of dealing with a nation security threat of this size?

And then I realized how diffuse the message is, how little impact the environmental movement has in accurately describing these incidents – and especially in dealing with this incident – deep in the bayous in the south, far enough away from the media and population centers of America to be just off the radar. And then I got even more angry, but not the kind of destructive anger – a passionate anger – a realization that we can move with force and speed to turn the tide of toxic black liquid.

Yesterday Rebecca and I sat with some new friends called the Blue Seals Marine Conservation Team and had phone conferences with several groups working in and around Louisiana including LEAN. We spoke at length about what is really going on down in the Gulf and most importantly, what can be done in the Gulf of Mexico about our International Oil Catastrophe. First, I need to tell you that very little of what you have heard through traditional media sources about the cleanup is true. Efforts to contain, deal with or manage the spill are perfunctory. Second, I can tell you that solutions to abate the damage, clean up the spill and engineer a genuine stop to the spill exist right now – today. If you have a beating heart, both things should infuriate you.

Would you like to be a part of making both things public? To changing this whole scenario? If so… read on.

Here are the things that I am calling you, the FUEL community, the greater environmental community and the green tech community to do:

1)    Support the Los Angeles Get Off Oil Day  –  This Tuesday, June 22nd at 1pm – At LA City Hall where Mayor Villaraigosa will open a press conference with politicians, celebrities and local industrialists around solutions.

2)    Join us for a FREE SANTA MONICA screening of FUEL and PANEL on OIL SPILL SOLUTIONS after the press conference at 5pm at Santa Monica City College. Click to View Invitation

3)    Come to NEW ORLEANS and be there on JUNE 28th for a FREE PUBLIC SCREENING of FUEL at CANAL PLACE CINEMAS in NEW ORLEANS at 7pm. Click to View Invitation

4)    Join us in NEW ORLEANS the following DAY – JUNE 29th for a HIGH LEVEL THINK TANK around solutions to the oil spill from 9am-2pm (email us to be involved).

5)    Join us in NEW ORLEANS at 3pm on JUNE 29th – at the steps next to CAFÉ DU MONDE for an 1,100 person march and an areal art project by John Quigley.

6)    Put the FUEL movie on your NETFLIX queue.

7)    On Tuesday, June 22nd, go out and by a handful of FUEL DVDs – give them to everyone you know.

8)    Make Money with the FUEL DVD by putting an ad for the FUEL DVD on your web site. Our affiliate program PAYS YOU for EVERYONE WHO BUYS THE DVD after CLICKING ON THE FUEL AD on YOUR SITE.  http://indieclix.magicrock.com/program/pftj0ZSW/223/

9)     Donate to our nonprofit efforts to organize the think tank, march, filming and media efforts – we are raising $10k to pay for hard costs and – it’s tax deductible! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/FUELinDC/la-gets-off-oil-day

Sincerely,

Josh Tickell Signature

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  1. Josh,

    Please do another documentary…this time on the things happening in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast that the mainstream media is not telling us. Getting off oil, at least enough to eliminate any need for deep offshore drilling is a preventative for the future. What about stopping the undersea gusher faster?

    Also, for 2012, there will be multiple electric and plug in hybrid electric vehicles on the market. My numbers crunch to $150B in PV to EV and PHEV eliminates the need for 525B or more gallons of gasoline for 25 years and 3 vehicle battery cycles.

    Thanks,
    Richard

  2. Well, 10 reasons to “by” more Fuel DVDs but nothing to stop the leak.

    Recognize that BP gave more money to BO than any other politician and none to republicans.

    Recognize that BP has hired more democrat lobbiest than any other firm.

    Recognize that BO is ALWAYS the most unqualified guy in the room – pick a room and test the theroy.

    Soros invested $900MM in PetroBras – less than a week later, BO gave PetroBras $2.0 billion to PetroBras to drill a 2,700 foot deep well.

    How much did Soros make on his investment?

    Stop crying and start thinking.

  3. I am forwarding this additional response to the very important ones that you are offering.

    Masura Emoto’s Hooponopono Prayer for the Gulf

    Hello Friends –
    The Chain of Love and Forgiveness is beginning to grow. Join the prayer of Masura Emoto for the Gulf. Miracles can happen.
    Here are two versions written about the prayer from two different sources-

    Dr. Masaru Emoto’s prayer for the Gulf of Mexico
    Dr. Masaru Emoto is the scientist from Japan who has done all the research and publications about the characteristics of water. Among other things, his research revealed that water physically responds to emotions. Many people have the predominantly angry emotion when we consider what is happening in the Gulf.
    And while justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr. Emoto, himself, has proposed. I am passing this request to people I believe may be willing to participate in this prayer, to set an intention of love and healing that is so large, so overwhelming that we can perform a miracle in the Gulf of Mexico.
    We are not powerless. We are powerful.
    Our united energy, speaking this prayer daily…multiple times daily… can literally shift the balance of destruction that is happening. We don’t have to know how…we just have to recognize that the power of love is greater than any other power active in the Universe today.
    (The prayer)
    “I send the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons, corals, algae … humankind … to ALL living creatures …

    I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I Love You.”

  4. Josh and Rebecca,

    As a marine contractor, I know that flooding oil pipe can be plugged. All I can think of is that this is just another market manipulation ploy. The same tool that cut off the pipe could have pinched it shut. A lift bag like the one I have on my shelf could be inflated inside the pipe right now, and would completely stop the flow of oil and gas.

    Fox News has my parents, and millions of others, convinced that the entire mess is just another example of the government trying to take over an industry. I have told them that this industry took over the government long ago. They see the media obstruction around the spill as necessary to prevent the environmentalists from further damaging our oil independence. I watched an entire hour of news on a Fox affilliate station, and the only mention of the spill was to say how expertly Manatees were being moved ahead of the few tar balls washing ashore.

    I don’t know where the outrage is. Most people, including the president, talk about the spill as if it’s something that was over months ago, even as the oil gushes out.

    I’m sorry I can’t do more. The film was truly prophetic. I would be happy to distribute more copies of it if I could get some.

    Thanks for what you do,

    Jim

  5. I can’t leave to attend–I’m gone all the time-family care giving.

    I would be willing to write a letter, or an article to our local paper outlining things that should be happening that are not, to contain this evolving, amazing, heart-breaking environmental disaster.

    If you send me specific details of what we should be doing and are not, I will try to compose something for our local paper.

    What is your address for sending a donation?

  6. Josh,

    Good that your passion and efforts stay with the task of changing the public mindset to understand the world they live in and the challenges that face us right now.

    Josh, I came to your “Fuel” screenings in Santa Monica twice, and at the Green Event at the LA Convention center. I approached both you and Darius to try to have meetings so you could find out a bit more about the very real and meaningful solutions……..on a number of significant levels, that I have worked on and perfected in the fields of sustainable renewable energy and clean fuels.

    You didn’t have time before, or take me very seriously, while you were so actively working to get your film into syndicated distribution…….but perhaps now……or a little bit in the immediate future, you will respond and make a little time to learn a bit about my tech. and how it can help create some positive outcomes that are very near and dear to your heart and mind.

    Be well…….keep up the good work…..thanks for the dedication.
    Sincerely,
    Dan Karpf, Founder and CTO
    N2 Our Future – Windpower &
    N2 Our Future Energy Storage and Regeneration

  7. You write:
    “Second, I can tell you that solutions to abate the damage, clean up the spill and engineer a genuine stop to the spill exist right now – today. If you have a beating heart, both things should infuriate you.”

    Damn write that makes me mad if it is true….What are the solutions???? Why not put them in this posting?

  8. Great Press Conference! Inspiring passionate fiery speakers. I’m so proud of what you’re doing in Louisiana over the next several days. And inspired. It takes two to make a thing go right!!!! Blessings Josh and Rebecca!

  9. I just viewed Josh’s film for the second time and I gotta tell you, it really hit home. I too am from LA.,New Orleans, and was displaced by Katrina 5 years ago. I have been out in L.A. for the past 3 years and with this spill I am even more thankful the film is out there telling the real truth. We cannot sit still and I will do whatever it takes to help my planet become healthier, it is my duty, no matter what. Thanks for being an incredible leader.

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