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Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream (2007)

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Gregory Greene address the coming energy crisis caused by peak oil. He outlines potential solutions with interviews with individuals from across the continent who were brave enough to challenge their communities toward change.

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Ed Schreyer ...
Himself - Former Governor General of Canada
Matthew Simmons ...
Himself - Author, Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy (as Matt Simmons)
Richard Heinberg ...
Himself - Author, The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
Michael Ruppert ...
Himself - Author, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil
Jeremy Rifkin ...
Himself - Author, The Hydrogen Economy
Thomas Homer-Dixon ...
Himself - Author, The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization
Roscoe Bartlett ...
Himself - Representative, Maryland
James Woolsey ...
Himself - Former Director, CIA
James Howard Kunstler ...
Himself - The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Kate Holloway ...
Herself - Powering Down in Toronto
Tony Carella ...
Himself - city Councilor, vaughan
Guy Dauncey ...
Himself - BC Sustainable Energy Association Sustainable Energy
Abu Talib ...
Himself - Taqwa Community Garden
Kathleen McTigue ...
Herself - Coordinator, Just Food City Farms
Lourdes Marrero ...
Herself - Diamante Garden
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Gregory Greene address the coming energy crisis caused by peak oil. He outlines potential solutions with interviews with individuals from across the continent who were brave enough to challenge their communities toward change.

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The touchy-feely counterpart to "Collapse"
22 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this on Sundance and it wasn't bad but was a little more hippieish and disjointed than I expected. If you're looking for a primer on peak oil, I'd definitely recommend "Collapse" before seeing this. Then this is a worthy counterpart to follow the detailing of the problem by humanizing it and discussing some potential solutions. It's definitely the more hopeful, if less polished, of the two films. Perhaps my ambivalence toward this documentary is intensified by the fact that, as it seems to me, the problem of declining fossil fuels and humans' relative inability to adjust and adapt seem like intractable, unsolvable problems. And it's also probably unfair to expect a low-budget documentary to present definitive solutions to those problems rather than vignettes about how people are trying to cope and deal with this -- localizing food sources, conserving fuel, looking into alternative fuels and so on. Anyway, worth a look, especially if you're already convinced of the problem -- that we're arriving at (if not already past) levels of peak oil production and consumption, and that the world, its economies and our lives as we know it are going to change within our lifetimes.


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