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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

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Our civilization's addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with disaster. Compelling, intelligent, and highly disturbing, the film visits with the world's top experts and comes to a startling but logical conclusion our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. The world's oil supplies are peaking and the crisis of global shortage looms; we are running out of oil and we don't have a plan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and Chilling April 27 2007
Last night I stayed up until midnight watching this movie for the second time. I suspect I will be purchasing several copies to show friends, and hopefully students, in my home town.

The movie examines, from the point of view of numerous credible experts, the rise and coming fall of access to easy, almost free, energy in the form of fossil fuels. Although transportation is the biggest issue, for which no equivalent fuel has been found, petroleum products have an intimate connection with everything from the food that feeds earth's billions, to the chips in my computer.

My big concern the last few years has been climate change, as I have watched and shown people the disappearing glaciers of the Canadian Rockies. I had been only too well aware of the need for reductions in our energy use.

Now, however, I have a better concept of the multiple reasons why we need to so radically change our consuming lifestyles. We will either do it by looking ahead and reacting in an organized, pre-emptive manner, or we will be forced to do it by dwindling supplies of fossil fuels.

This film is not about politics, left or right. It is about the reality that will be staring us in the face in the coming decades. I saw nothing in it that could be convincingly refuted. "Should be required viewing" is becoming a cliche, but my God, it fits the bill for this documentary. The scary part is that it implies profound changes to the lifestyles so many of us have become used to.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Roger
The message in this excellent documentary is simple: "We are moving away from an era of cheap, abundant energy, to an era of scarce, hard to get, expensive energy". We are not about to run out of oil it says, but we are approaching the point at which global demand for oil will exceed global production capability. Not a difficult message to follow, and not really that controversial, but nevertheless it is a message that too few people in authority are discussing. The main point of disagreement I discovered, after watching the film (and 'Googling' a bit) is not whether "Peak oil" will occur (many oil companies acknowledge the theory and some are even planning for it), but rather when it will occur. As the film indicates the estimate of recoverable oil reserves is an extremely imprecise and flexible number, and this film has some classic interviews with Middle East Oil Ministers as well as their critics. The interview with the pragmatic ex -Iraqi oil minister was remarkable not only for its apparent honesty, but for the gravity and authority with which he speaks. It us worth watching the film for this interview alone.

Oil, the film says is a 'magnet for war', but the documentary is careful not to mention any wars in particular. What it does make clear however, is that the vast majority of the worlds remaining oil are in the hands of some pretty difficult and unstable regimes, and every passing day, as output from the oilfields of the US, Mexico, and North Sea, falls, the worlds dependence on these regimes increases. Whether it is under 7,000 feet of water, or under the sands of Iran, oil is going become increasingly ?hard to get? and the ?price? will not just be measured in dollars.

However the good news in this documentary is that there is hope. Alternative and viable energy sources are will be found, but the sooner we start moving on this the less painful the transition will be. This is an important documentary.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, I'm awake now! April 16 2007
I saw this film and found it informative, intelligent, and credible. I have no idea why the first reviewer was so negative.

First, this is a documentary about a serious problem that is just beginning to poke its head out and get some exposure. Unfortunately, once the energy depletion problem becomes mainstream it will likely be waaaay too late to do much about it, and millions will suffer.

The global warming crisis is probably the most pressing long-term challenge for humanity. But depletion of affordable energy supplies is by far the most pressing short-term crisis, especially for the west. The Producers of this film did an excellent job of putting together interviews with dozens of credible experts around the world to clearly demonstrate that affordable oil is very soon to be history, and the negative impacts on the global economy (and everyone's lives) is going to be very significant.

People who see this film now will have a chance to position themselves for a future where many will be unable to cope. I strongly recommend you see it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
After reading F.D.'s review I just had to see if there was an oil industry shill or worker connection that led him to feel the way that he did about A Crude Awakening. A cursory search of google and Wikkipedia turned up nothing so I am left confused as to how his (her?) review could be so at odds with mine own.

First off while we are on the subject of full disclosure: I am a freelancer who has been writing quite a bit about energy since 2004. To give you an idea, I just googled my name and energy and 966,000 results popped up. (jeff berg energy) In the last few years I also co-founded the group Post Carbon Toronto which is a energy think tank, public outreach and political action group. e.g. [...]

With that said I'm here to tell you that Oil Crash: A Crude Awakening suffers from only one problem: Timing. It is quite simply a little too far ahead of the energy descent curve. We, the white world, are still riding high on the energy hog and nobody wants to hear that the party is over. Surprise, surprise, a media wholly dominated by, nay a media whose raison d'etre is consumerism doesn't want to tell us to conserve. Stop the presses!

By the by while we are on the subject of prescience I am here to tell you that by 2020 when global oil production has dipped south of 60 million, and North American natural gas production is but a fraction of its current 29 Trillion cubic feet, the only thing shortcoming people will comment on about this film is why so many people of our time failed to heed its message.

Oil Crash is beautifully shot on four continents taking in 50 locations and interviewing 27 experts on geology, energy, and policy. Watch it, pass it on, and hurry up. Time is doing terrible things.
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