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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Biodiesel made from cooking oil can help lessen dependence on petroleum-based fuels that harm the environment.
Positive Role Models
Ordinary people are passionate about creating biofuel that's good for their own economic wellbeing, good for the economy, and good for the health of the planet.
Violence & Scariness
Gas companies, through their lobbying, advertising, and legal efforts, are trying to stop the growth of alternative fuel industry.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot Grease is a documentary about the uphill struggle the biodiesel fuel industry has faced over the last decade. The roadblocks have largely been a result of political clout exercised by the powerful petroleum industry to block the more environment-friendly alternatives. Language includes "crap." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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