Freedom Fuels, takes an in-depth look at renewable fuel sources, such as bio-diesel, ethanol and vegetable oil.
It explores the interaction of the petroleum industry and alternative fuels over the last 150 years, and examines the global impact that bio-fuels can have on our future. Most of the new film is a series of interviews with farmers and biofuels innovators, economic and energy security experts, engaged government policymakers, and the occasional false prophets of inertia (Searchinger and Pimental). There are alternatives and action we can take today to secure a sustainable future for our children. We shouldn’t elect policymakers that limit our consumer votes at the pump.
Biodiesel, vegetable oil and ethanol are covered in depth with a nice balance between sterile commentary and humor. The producers also exercised some caution in mentioning the environmental impact the eco-warriors could have. As Daryl Hannah said in the movie, "There are lots of unsustainable ways to produce biofuels." The clearing of the rain forest for biofuel plants was emphasized, including mention of the threat to orangutans from palm oil farming.
It treats its audience to an unblemished look at where we are and why public support now is so important to the well-being of future generations… ending the addiction will take time, but during the Q&A session after the screening it was clear that a dread, helpless feeling was being lifted from the audience. The movie sheds a mostly positive light on biofuels without any stinging rebuttals from qualified critics. Still, very much worth watching.