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Biofuel Oasis Fundraiser
Date Wednesday April 30
Time 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Details
La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley, CA
Event Type Screening
Organizer/Authornovella carpenter
WHAT: Rainforest depletion to fuel our cars? That’s not right! But there is a better way—by using recycled fuel, creating local economies, and simply driving less. This evening will be entertaining, educational, and a great way to meet like-minded people who have hope we can overcome our petroleum-dependent ways. Despite the backlash against biofuel, the BFO is showing us a sustainable way!

Films include:
• "Fat of the Land"—a 1995 documentary about four pioneering women traveling around the country transforming fuel from fryer grease. Set back in the day when no one heard about biodiesel, they are encountered with disbelief and awe. Director Nicole Cousini in attendence!
• “Freedom Fuels” (excerpts)—an award winning documentary about the current state of biodiesel
• “Revolution Green” (excerpts) about the state of sustainable biodiesel in America today
• Other shorts and newsclips
With presentations about big biodiesel’s impact on Borneo and Argentina.
And…live puppetry with the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew, an Ask a Mechanic booth, special, limited edition t-shirt silk screening assembly line, and homemade popcorn.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 30th

7 – 10 p.m.

WHERE: La Pena Cultural Center,

3105 Shattuck Ave.

COST: $10-20 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds)
All proceeds go toward building the most sustainable station in the nation, the Biofuel Oasis’s new location at Ashby and Sacramento.

Added to the calendar on Thursday Apr 17th, 2008 2:15 PM

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by Aaron Aarons
(indy [at] Thursday Apr 24th, 2008 4:39 PM

The present world level of consumption of biofuels is already far greater than can be sustained without

1) using land that could be producing food instead, thus increasing world hunger, and

2) destroying wild forests and other natural environments to convert the land to agriculture, whether for food, fuel or whatever.

There's nothing wrong with converting waste vegetable oils to fuel, although such conversion can only supply a miniscule fraction of energy needs, but promoting such conversion serves, unless one is extremely clear, to obfuscate the reality of the biofuel industry as one of the worst environmental and social plagues on the planet today.

Maybe the good stuff should be described as recycled waste fuel, rather than biofuel. Or perhaps somebody can come up with a better term.

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