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Hot Grease

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dated but relevant look at alternative fuel.

Movie NR 2017 62 minutes
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This documentary will be of most interest to tweens and families interested in environmental causes. While many movies about the fossil fuel alternatives focus on climate change, Hot Grease shines the light on the powerful petroleum industry's efforts to lobby Congress and administrations to limit biodiesel inroads. Anti-biodiesel talking points all sound the same -- the government shouldn't be permitted to "pick winners and losers" or put fingers on the scale favoring biodiesel. But these petroleum lobby arguments ignore the hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of subsidies and tax credits the petroleum industry has been receiving for decades. That industry was happy to have the government pick winners and losers as long the petroleum industry was the winner, the documentary argues.

Note that much of the information here is more than five years old. Many interviews focus on the fact that oil prices fell in 2014, seemingly nullifying a need for cheap alternative fuels. Recent record-high gas prices certainly offer a contrary view.

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