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Entertaining history of biodiesel
on July 12, 2011
This is one of the more enjoyable of the recent spate of films about solutions to the environmental crisis, although it's also one of the most specialized. Josh Tickell's personal approach to the issues and the changes he's gone through as an activist highlight the ups and downs of biodiesel, and show incidentally how arbitrary and ill-informed public energy policy often is. Of course the vested interests of the oil companies come in for some well-deserved criticism here, and the extent of the environmental crisis is not papered over, but the overall tone of the film is optimistic. This must be the most engaging way of learning to appreciate the genius of the Diesel engine, and to understand the right and wrong ways of providing fuel for it. This makes it well worth seeing both for those who consider themselves well informed about energy issues and those just beginning to think about them. And the production values are high enough to make the Blu-ray an appropriate choice (although i haven't seen the DVD version and so can't compare the two).