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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | Video March 2006
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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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How our civilization's addiction to oil is putting it on a collision course with geology See more »

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As stark a warning as we will get
12 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is bleak and uncompromising stuff. Made in a tradition reminiscent of the best Cold War books and productions on nuclear war, an activist, a physicist, a politician and a geologist explain in rational and dispassionate terms the background to the energy crisis we face and, most alarmingly, highlight how totally unprepared we are to adjust to a world where oil is a scant resource, one we will all face in just a few years time. There are no vox pops to add light entertainment, no colourful graphics, no sense of theatre, no narrator to soften the blows of the stark reality in the experts' words. The effect is highly disturbing and makes a movie no-one with a sense of responsibility to the next generation should miss.


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