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

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 5 May 2004 (Canada)
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Cast overview:
Barrie Zwicker Barrie Zwicker ... Himself - Host
James Howard Kunstler ... Himself
Peter Calthorpe Peter Calthorpe ... Himself
Michael Klare Michael Klare ... Himself
Richard Heinberg ... Himself
Matthew Simmons Matthew Simmons ... Himself
Michael Ruppert Michael Ruppert ... Himself (as Michael C. Ruppert)
Julian Darley Julian Darley ... Himself
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Himself
Steve Andrews Steve Andrews ... Himself
Ali Samsam Bakhtiari Ali Samsam Bakhtiari ... Himself
Kenneth Deffeyes Kenneth Deffeyes ... Himself
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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) See more »

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James Howard Kunstler: Now we're stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV with an empty gas tank.
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The beginning of the end
7 August 2005 | by wirving345See all my reviews

A friend of mine works at an engineering company and has shown this to her office. She also holds a masters degree in energy efficient buildings (!).

This documentary focuses on energy issues, but there is so much more to counteracting suburbia (anti-social issues, global warming, etc).

I've read some negative reviews out there claiming there is a "junk science" to this documentary, but these reviewers do not provide any of their own "science" to back up their claims. Where is their documentary, "The Bottomless Well"? It's just as Kunstler says in the interviews - people will be very resistant to the idea suburbia will end. People tend to get hostile when their whole lifestyle has been put into question, and The End of Suburbia does that with efficiency and style.

Intead of changing lifestyles, many suburb dwellers will simply force the status-quo, and become very hostile to those like EOS blowing the whistle. Sad.


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