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The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004)

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Cast overview:
Barrie Zwicker ...
Himself - Host
James Howard Kunstler ...
Peter Calthorpe ...
Michael Klare ...
Richard Heinberg ...
Matthew Simmons ...
Michael Ruppert ...
Himself (as Michael C. Ruppert)
Julian Darley ...
Colin Campbell ...
Steve Andrews ...
Ali Samsam Bakhtiari ...
Kenneth Deffeyes ...


The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil, when the automobile became the center of the way people lived and an era when people wanted to escape the inner city to a more pastoral or rural way of life. However the suburbs quickly evolved into a merely a place to live that had neither the benefits of rural or urban life, and where one was reliant on an automobile both to travel elsewhere and even travel within the neighborhood. The suburbs are not only dependent upon cheap energy, but also reliable energy. The reliability of energy is becoming less so as demonstrated by the multi-day blackout of the North American Eastern Seaboard starting on August 14, 2003. Part of the problem of getting out of the suburban mentality is that a generation has grown up believing it to be a normal way of life, and a life of entitlement, which they will not give up without a fight. But many developers and planners and ... Written by Huggo

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We're literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up


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5 May 2004 (Canada)  »

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8 February 2007 | by (kelowna Canada) – See all my reviews

I own a Video store with hundreds of documentaries. I have seen loads of them and love all of the great info out there. Only a small handful though even come close to offering info as important as this one. I have been reading through other peoples reviews of this film and can't help but notice that the main things people are criticizing are irrelevant. Such as "It is very one sided" Such a pathetic criticism, every where in society that you look you will see the other side, and if you still need help go to globalpublicmedia.com. "It is the same people over and over" Uh one might be led to believe that these people are the experts, so maybe they are the best people to interview. "filming style is all the same, head shots with few exceptions" If you want flash and dazzle watch Micheal Moore if you want info watch real docs such as this one. As you can plainly see none of these complaints have any relevance to the information contained. My guess is that these people are just missing the point and don't wanna give up there SUV's.

My recommendation: Watch it. Learn from it, and continue your education about such subjects. It is very important stuff for EVERYONE.

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