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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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.
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.
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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A well done documentary about our future while depending on oil based resources. A great film for educators to show their students who will be responsible very soon for the care... Read morePublished on July 7 2010 by Arthur E. Proulx
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. Read morePublished on April 17 2007 by Jeffrey D. Berg