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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)

Video  |   |  Documentary, War  |  March 2006 (USA)
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A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.

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Credited cast:
Wade Adams ...
Himself - Researcher in Nanotechnology
Abdul Samad Al-Awadi ...
Himself - Oil Consultant (as Abdul Samad al-Awadi)
Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi ...
Himself - Former OPEC Executive Secretary-General (as Fadhil al-Chalabi)
Roscoe Bartlett ...
Himself - US Congressman
Robert Bottome ...
Himself - Economist, Caracas
Colin J. Campbell ...
Himself - Oil Geologist
Marcello Colitti ...
Himself - Former Chief Executive of ENI S.p.A.
Alberto Quirós Corradi ...
Himself - President of Allied Consulting, Caracas
Mir-Babajev Mir-Jusiv Fazilogli ...
Himself - Oil Historian
Daniele Ganser ...
Himself - Historian
David L. Goodstein ...
Himself - Professor of Physics and Applied Physics (as Dr. David L. Goodstein Ph.D.)
Richard Heinberg ...
Himself
Terry Lynn Karl ...
Herself - Professor of Political Science
Franklin M. Orr Jr. ...
Himself - Professor
Sherry Phillips ...
Herself - Mayor of McCamey, Texas
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Supported by a powerful mix of archival footage, NASA shots of burning oil fields, and, often unintentionally hilarious, historical film excerpts, OilCrash guides us on an exotic, visual journey from Houston to Caracas, the Lake of Maracaibo, the Orinoco delta, Central Asia's secretive republic of Azerbaijan with its ancient capital Baku and the Caspian Sea, via London & Zürich. OilCrash visits cities around the world to learn of our future from such leading authorities as oil investment banker Matthew Simmons, former OPEC chairman Fadhil Chalabhi, Caltech's head of physics, Professor David Goodstein, Stanford University political scientist, Terry Lynn Karl, peak oil expert, Matthew Savinar and many more. Written by Anonymous

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Like Snorting Cocaine: It's Addictive
5 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most fascinating aspect to A CRUDE AWAKENING is that the film was made not by some left-wing conspiracy theorists with ties to Greenpeace or The World Wildlife Fund, but by two Swiss directors, one (Gelpke) with a background in anthropology, economics, war reporting, and science films, and the other (McCormack) who holds an honors degree in Environmental Policy and Management. These two men know how to make a documentary that looks at both sides of our oil needs and industry while not knocking our addictive behavior towards gasoline. It does lack a few aspects in the end, but holds your attention enough to make the whole watchable.

The focus, as the title suggests, is on our crude oil dependency. We all know oil won't last forever, right? Right? Please tell me you know this. If not, you really need to watch this film. It looks at the boom and bust methodology used in early crude oil finds and how we naively thought (up until the 1970s) that oil/gas would last forever.

The story slashes across socio-economic ground, taking in opinions from specialists in the field to Senators and economists. All of them, without exception, realize that oil isn't going to last much longer. The need to find alternative fuels that are (and here's the key) affordable is on.

The great thing is that these men and women talk about how vital oil and natural gas is to our financial existence, simply because it is so cheap. You just can't find energy this affordable. Fuel cell technology, hydrogen fuels, solar, and many other alternatives are discussed but are exceptionally expensive to produce and market to the general population. No doubt we have a lot of worries coming our way as carbon-based fuels become more and more scarce.

The only lacking aspect in this documentary was that there's very little time given over to these alternative energy methods, and no experts on said same. All of the information comes from experts in the gas industry or those who monitor it. To truly round-out the program I would've liked to have seen specialists in alternative car manufacturing and other items that are undoubtedly headed our way.

Still, this is an insightful documentary to get your hands on. And one to show your kids to get them on-the-ball about what they can do to help decrease our oil addiction.


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