Create Your Own Educational Campaign on Facebook

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This is something very easy that won't take a lot of your time, but could really make a difference: Post things about the Open Fuel Standard on your Facebook page — things like this video or this article. Every day or so, post something. The best time is in the morning. And the very best times are Saturday and Sunday morning. More people will read what you post on those days.

The easiest way to do this is to join us on Facebook here, and then share some of our posts on your page. Here's how to share posts.

When someone gives you an objection or asks a question, that's good. It is an opportunity to clear up misconceptions and further educate people. If you don't know the answers, email us here or learn more so you can answer. Use it as an opportunity to find out more and share it.

One of the great things about Facebook is the possible growth within a network like that. When you share something on your page, one or two of your friends may share it on their page, and so on until thousands of people have seen it, have learned something, and perhaps are ready to take action. And all these people saw it because of your post. It has tremendous potential.

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Gas Prices Rise For 32nd Consecutive Day

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Wall Street Journal: "The national retail gasoline price has risen 43 cents, or 13%, to $3.73 a gallon since Jan. 17, according to the Automobile Association of America. Refinery shutdowns have 'led to tighter supply, which also has driven up prices,' said AAA spokeswoman Heather Hunter."

Whenever gas prices rise, rising unemployment rates follow:


As more money is spent on gas for the same amount of fuel, less money can spent for other goods and services. When less money is spent for American goods and services, American companies must let employees go.

None of this has to happen. We can strip oil of its strategic status and allow our economy to thrive by introducing fuel competition.

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Imagine

Sunday, February 17, 2013

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FuelsAmerica Fights Back

Friday, February 15, 2013

Anything that competes with oil is a target of oil's propaganda machine. One group is fighting back. Check out their first video, sarcastically poking fun at oil for fuel:


The biggest problem with oil is its monopolistic power. It is the responsibility of government to prevent monopolies or break them up. That's what the Open Fuel Standard will do. Read more about that here.

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Breaking Our Oil Addiction With Fuel Freedom

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dennis Prager speaks with Fuel Freedom co-founder Yossie Hollander on how we can end our addiction to oil by opening the fuel market to American replacement fuels that are cheaper and cleaner. Listen to the audio track here:

The Dennis Prager Show: Breaking Our Oil Addiction With Fuel Freedom

Time: 16 minutes and 23 seconds.

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Videos to Share

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We thought you might be able to use the two short videos below to share with your friends and family through email or Facebook. They explain simply and clearly in conversational English what the Open Fuel Standard is and why it's important.

The OFS bill is going to be introduced into Congress again, and what we need are citizens who understand what it is. The more, the better. These are YouTube videos:

A Conspiracy to Rob the World
Our Lack of Fuel Choice is Outrageous

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A Conspiracy to Rob the World

Friday, February 8, 2013

OPEC made a trillion dollars in 2012
OPEC was created in order to raise world oil prices. Many conspiracies are only theories. This one is a fact. The OPEC nations do quite a bit of dissembling (to confuse the general public), but they act in the open and make no secret of their intentions. The oil ministers of the 12 OPEC nations meet at least twice a year to decide how much to limit their oil production in order to keep the world's price of oil high.

The result of high oil prices is the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world — from the free world to some of the worst regimes on Earth (and the wealthiest rulers in history).

The only thing keeping this whole game going is an artificial limit on our cars. Internal combustion engines can burn ethanol, methanol and gasoline in any proportion with a minor tweak to the fuel delivery system. The Open Fuel Standard would make that tweak mandatory, and thus create a free market and break the monopoly.

There may have never been such a small change that could bring about so many significant benefits. 

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We Can Free Ourselves of the Oil Monopoly

Friday, February 1, 2013

I'm reading the book, Salt: A World History. It's more interesting than you might think. Because the primary method of preserving food for most of human history was using salt, it was the most important commodity on earth. Milk was preserved with it as cheese. Vegetables were preserved by pickling, which required salt. Meat and fish were preserved with salt. It was vitally important and became more so as time went on, right up until the Civil War, when other ways of preserving food became widespread (like canning and eventually refrigeration).

One of the things that surprised me was how many times and places in history someone tried (and sometimes succeeded) gaining a monopoly on salt production or distribution. It was such a vital commodity that tremendous wealth and power could be gained from a monopoly of salt.

As other ways of preserving food became available, salt lost its exalted status. Nobody really cares who (if anyone) controls the salt market.

The new vitally important commodity is transportation fuel. Everybody needs it. And one fuel dominates. Almost all forms of transportation in the world — 95% of the trains, planes, ships, cars, trucks — run on petroleum. Other viable fuels are available, but the vehicles themselves are made to only burn one. It is a virtual monopoly.

On top of that, OPEC formed a cartel to illegally control the price of oil.

When a commodity is important enough, someone will always try to control it, monopolize it or corner the market in one way or another. The English did it with salt, the French did it, different cities did it back to ancient times, China did it, the Mayans did it, the Aztecs did it. Anyone in power wanted to do it or tried to do it. Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt: A World History, wrote:

The earliest evidence that has been found of Mayan salt production is dated at about 1000 B.C., but remains of earlier saltworks have been found in non-Mayan Mexico such as Oaxaca. It may be an exaggeration to claim that the great Mayan civilization rose and fell over salt. However, it rose by controlling salt production and prospered on the ability to trade salt, flourishing in spite of constant warfare over control of salt sources. By the time Europeans arrived, the civilization was in a state of decline, and one of the prime indicators of this was a breakdown in its salt trade.

The same kind of thing can be found throughout history all over the world. It looks like a fact of life: Someone will try to gain and hold a monopoly on any important commodity. And if we (the people using the commodity) don't want to be the victims of a monopoly, it is up to us to stop it. But how?

Kurlansky wrote, "The Aztecs controlled the salt routes by military power and were able to deny their enemies, such as Tlxalacaltecas, access to salt." Before Europeans discovered America, a tribe in central America — the Tlatoque — refused to participate in the Aztecs salt monopoly. They deliberately avoided using salt.

Kurlansky wrote, "The Spanish took power by taking over the saltworks of the indigenous people they conquered. Cortes, who came from southern Spain, not far from both Spanish and Portuguese saltworks, understood the power and politics of salt. He observed with admiration how the Tlatoque had maintained their independence and avoided the oppression of the Aztecs by abstaining from salt."

We may not be able to abstain from oil, but as Korin and Luft argue in their book, Turning Oil Into Salt, we can certainly add enough competition to break the monopoly and strip oil of its strategic status and thus make the OPEC cartel no longer capable of controlling the price of transportation fuel.

We can become free of oil's monopoly by expanding fuel competition until oil is only one of many viable fuels used by combustion engines, just as salt is now only one of many ways to keep food from spoiling. Fuel competition can free us from the monopoly and its economy-smothering, national security-weakening, pocket-emptying effects. Do you want to see this happen? Start here.

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