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Review: 'Bidder 70' is a gripping look at an eco-activist's journey
In December 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher impulsively — and successfully — bid on 12 parcels of land in southern Utah whose oil and drilling rights were being auctioned off by the Bureau of Land Management under outgoing President George W. Bush. That might have been OK had DeChristopher planned to pay for and exploit the properties. But the 27-year-old preservationist was actually at the sale as part of a peaceful protest against the fossil fuel industry when he was randomly handed a bidder's paddle: No. 70.
By Gary Goldstein
June 26, 2013