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Fueling Change

How we created climate change one fuel at a time.

Learn how to reduce your gasoline consumption and combat the effects of climate change.

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About the Author:

Twyla Dell is a local Kansas City author, environmental leader and energy transitions specialist. Having written several environmental books, she is podcasting on reducing your gasoline consumption, transitioning from gasoline to sustainable energy and Kansas City history. She worked for the EPA and offered The Environmental Leadership Program for business leaders, teachers and students in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Antioch University Graduate School, with a Ph.D. in environmental studies in 2009. Twyla is available for speaking engagements, webinars and podcasts.

Twyla may be reached at 913.209.0383

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What’s New!

Fueling Change will have a companion workbook to help reduce your gasoline consumption. It is called THE GASOLINE DIET. Coming soon!

Fueling Change is available at Prospero’s book store in historic Westport and the Steamboat Arabia, located in the river market. Also available at Amazon.

About Fueling Change

Fueling Change is an influential book about our collective history, using Kansas City as an example and our way forward to renewable sustainable energy. Preparing us for an energy transition. Fueling Change means changing fuel, beginning in the 1820s and brings us to the year 2020. A 200-year span of creating fuel changes have led us to the crisis of climate change we have today.  The transition and growing pains to make our way in the world give us a path to the future.  With many archival pictures from what Kansas City once looked like and what it looks like now we can take on the challenges we face as an environmental example for the country.

The United States is poised to be a leader in the environmental movement. The last chapters of the book help the reader see what one person can do to reverse climate change and global warming. We come away knowing that it isn’t only the big corporations that need to make changes, but how each one of us can make a difference.

Each section starting with the Wood Age, begins with a picture of 4 people of that time. The settlers creating a home for themselves, the Osage Indians represented by a brave warrior and a strong slave brought to Kansas City to be sold in Westport. As the book progresses, the picture and the people change with the generations.

Showing how our lifestyles were molded and our (not so ancient) ancestors lived, show us the path to our Fuelture, by the fuel they used. And how we will make the energy transition.

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THE WOOD AGEPioneers arrive at the western edge of Missouri at the end of the Wood Age, use wood as fuel and build the town in the 1820s. Wagon wheels provide animal-powered transport.
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THE COAL AGEAfter the Civil War coal replaces wood as fuel. In the 1880s the next generation of pioneers builds the city with coal as railroads replace wagon wheels.
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THE OIL AGEBy the 1920s oil and gasoline build the suburbs. White-rimmed automobile tires replace railroad wheels as highways replace rails.
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THE SOLAR AGETo reverse global warming we have to give up burning gasoline and replace it with bicycles, electric cars and electronic highways.

[image-hover-effects-vc-free caption_style=”square” hover_effect=”effect6″ caption_static_title=”yes” caption_static_title_position=”0″ ihe_image=”11689″]Pioneers arrive at the western edge of Missouri at the end of the Wood Age, use wood as fuel and build the town in the 1820s. Wagon wheels provide animal-powered transport.[/image-hover-effects-vc-free]

The Wood Age

[image-hover-effects-vc-free caption_style=”square” hover_effect=”effect6″ caption_static_title=”yes” caption_static_title_position=”0″ ihe_image=”11690″]After the Civil War coal replaces wood as fuel. In the 1880s the next generation of pioneers builds the city with coal as railroads replace wagon wheels.[/image-hover-effects-vc-free]

The Coal Age

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The Oil Age

[image-hover-effects-vc-free caption_style=”square” hover_effect=”effect6″ caption_static_title=”yes” caption_static_title_position=”0″ ihe_image=”11692″]To reverse global warming we have to give up burning gasoline and replace it with bicycles, electric cars and electronic highways.[/image-hover-effects-vc-free]

The Solar Age

TESTIMONIALS

What people say

  • Already, in a quick perusal, I have learned about how to manage a mule in a mine, how to cross the Blue River with covered wagon, how steamboats competed with wood suppliers, and a wonderful song: Gasoline! .... Congratulations on bringing it to fruition!  You have perseverance.

    Tom Webler PH.D. Professor
  • Fueling Change tells the story of energy and people through time.  This impressive collection of insights pulls together documents, artifacts and bountiful visuals to provide snapshots of how one city, Kansas City, has experienced transitions and variations in its energy supply.  Dell's hard work in Fueling Change offers a promising example that others might consult to tell a city's story through the energy that makes it go.

    Brian C. Black, PH.D. Head, Division of Arts and Humanities / University of Pennsylvania
  • What could be more timely than a new book about how fuel and energy have and do continue to shape our lives and our planet to this very minute? Twyla Dell has taken a complex subject--the history of a major city in America's heartland, and turned it into a saga of city change and expansion through the use of three fuels.

    Tom Marsh Author, To The Promised Land. . . .
  • Fueling Change is a readable history of the impact of fuel transitions on the settlement of Kansas City and its growth as a trade center.  I recommend that libraries (public and high school) provide access to the book.

    Dolores Furtado, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Medical Microbiology
  • The interesting illustrations and data charts kept me reading what turned out to be a very interesting history - thank you!"

    Fran Hess Leawood, Kansas
  • Your work is thorough, easy to read, engaging. I've learned a lot about the history of our city and feel richer for it.

    Tom Jacobs Mid-America Regional Council
  • Fueling Change presents the reader with a challenge essential to our current and future ways of living. Dell reinforces her point with the use of multiple easy to interpret charts and graphs. She uses storytelling combined with history, science, and technology in a compelling narrative that takes the reader to a provocative yet practical answer.

    Nancy Cramer Retired Teacher and Author of Retreat to Victory
  • This book is a clarion call to urgent change...but it presents the challenge in a simple call to action by laying out a 10-year plan.... We are all the agents of environment change.  This book provides a look backward and a map forward.

    Charlotte Shelton, Ph.D. Executive Associate Professor & Senior Scholar
  • The history...about the evolution of the country and Kansas City, specifically through the lens of energy, is the perfect way to equip us and inform our decisions to make the changes that are required if we care about the future of Kansas City and the planet.

    Bob Berkebile Fellow, American Institute of Architects
  • After I read Part 4, I changed the way I move in the world.

    Kay Laurent Overland Park, Kansas
  • Fueling Change is an encyclopedia of facts and history that reads like a good novel.

    Bob Painter Energy expert, Kansas City, Missouri

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Call of the Rainbow Warrior: An Environmental Fable

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“History is simpler than we think: It’s all about fuel all the time.”
—Twyla Dell, Ph.D.

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Famous Part 4: One of the first reviews of the book was “Once I read Part 4, I changed the way I move in the world.” We put that comment on the book and the postcard because we were so moved by its simplicity. Now we would like to encourage each of you to “change the way we move in the world.” In that way, we can create a communitywide response to reducing gasoline use by 10% a year.

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