Beyond the Barrel: The Race to Fuel the Future

About the Show

CNBC takes a rare all-access look at how a new generation plans to attack our dependence on oil and how innovation can change the way we fuel our future.

There is an amazing race going on right now around the world to find the fuel of the future. More than three decades after the oil shocks shook America, the United States and the rest of the industrialized world is still addicted to oil. Now, for the first time in a generation, plans to break the black gold stranglehold are closer than ever to becoming a reality.

"Beyond the Barrel: The Race to Fuel the Future," anchored by CNBC's Carl Quintanilla , showcases the bottled promises ready to be unleashed from the Middle East, South America, Asia and here at home. You'll be introduced to more than a dozen potential game changing innovations to power our planet and find out why we're still years away from putting many ideas into practice.

CNBC looks at ways to create new energy sources including a northern California company working to turn toxic emissions into building blocks for tomorrow. Plus, Carl Quintanilla goes one-on-one with the OPEC ministers who say there's no way the world will replace oil anytime soon why some believe we'll be addicted to oil forever.

Web Extras

  • Beyond the Barrel/Bolivia

    The push to go green is evident. If the world starts embracing green battery operated cars the smart money is going to be a very poor country in South America. CNBC€'s Brian Shactman reports from Bolivia.

  • Beyond the Barrel/Green Power

    A special look at where we really stand when it comes to solar, wind and battery powered cars. CNBC'€™s Beyond the Barrel: The Race to Fuel the Future takes a realistic look at which projects are expected to work and those that may not work.

  • China

    With more than a billion people, China's thirst for energy is insatiable. At the same time, China also realizes it needs to grow greener. Adrienne Mong reports on how the country straddles the border between fossil-fueled energy and clean-tech.

  • Oil Spill Investment Plays

    Dan Fitzpatrick, of Stockmarket Mentor, and Fadel Gheit, of MacQuarie, share their oil spill investment plays.

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    From cutting-edge technology to ancient ingenuity, take our quiz to find out how much you know about alternative energy.

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    On Earth Day 2010, the United States still gets less than one percent of its energy from solar power. Why? What's taking so long? For decades American leaders have been saying we'll invest more in solar, but we're still waiting.

  • Eilat, Israel

    Israel perhaps has more to gain than anyone else from going clean and green. Right now, Israel is almost fully dependent on fossil fuels that pollute the country. Israel still gets its oil from secondary sources, because Arab nations won't sell to Israel directly.

  • For those who want a more eco-conscious fuel than gasoline for their automobiles, there are plenty of options. The most commonly available are: B20 or biofuel; CNG, or compressed natural gas; E85 or ethanol; LPG or propane; electric; hydrogen; and LNG or liqueified natural gas. But how easy is it to refuel, especially when you're traveling?Well, it's definitely not as simple as refueling with plain old gasoline. According to the most recent count of stations* across the country, there are 162,35

    So where is it easiest to find alt-fueling stations, and which kinds of fuel are most readily available? Click ahead to see the country's top 15 states for alt-fuel convenience.

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  • Carl Quintanilla

    Carl Quintanilla is a principal anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" and "Squawk Alley"