15 April, 2004

Wow, Darryl Hannah, eco-activist... apparently she lives in a solar house and drives a biodiesel car. If you've ever had to deal with biodiesel, you probably know that this is not a sort of cosmetic, faddish activist thing that Hollywood types often engage in (like getting naked for PETA or something). Biodiesel fuel is made from recycled waste oils disposed from frying vats in fast-food joints. It involves a fair amount of work to create (including driving around to pick up used oil from the waste-oil bins behind Burger King) and the oil is often quite dirty, and very, very, foul-smelling (it contains the residue of tons of McDonalds burgers and fries). Darryl says:
“They actually dump billions of gallons of it a year in dumps and the diesel engine was meant to run on vegetable oil and it can. It’s actually less expensive than gas these days, and also burns green. No greenhouse gases. No war for oil.”
Right on. She goes on the "good list" with Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando.

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