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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Jan. 1 1980
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MX7UEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,979 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lemieux on 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 on May 7 2007
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 By Taylor Grant on 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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By Francois Dorleans on Feb. 5 2011
Great documentation, mostly facts, journalism passion for taking risk to break an important new. This is "ground breaking" "engineered" information. It may be a disturbing movie for some, I do not think it should, not in the direct way but on a secondary pass are we really ready to pickup the message from that movie or continue do everything we were doing/choosing to do the same way ? This movie helped me change the choices for family setup, some driving style, some different investment in time and hobby. There is a message of trust in human to adapt to major events in the movie and I am a fierce supporter of this extremely positive side of the movie : Like any choice it may also imply the sooner the adaptation the smoother it may become. A friend working on medical emergency response was adamant that humans are showing mainly reactive manners, With this movie, I wish to promote the pro-active choices we can make before major events force us to react - like the end of cheap oil & gas and 20th century habits. There is also a clear choice documented, are we going to hang on to old habits and pay war prices to maintain access for a minority to rare fossil resources ? This movie is a gift the author and the public has the choice like for many gift we receive to put it aside of their mind passed one week and move-on to consume the next frantic movie with "ho's" & "ha's" ?
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