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on 3 March 2012
Another eye opening documentary examining the theory that we have reached or even gone past the peak of oil production. Considering the reliance that our society has on oil, the lack of any real replacement for oil, our ever expanding population and ever expanding desire for oil dependent products, it makes you wonder what state the world will be in in 50 years or so. When oil does start to run dry, and that is a certainty (though of course we don't know when it will happen), it is likely that society will have to make fundamental changes. Travel will have to be significantly reduced, the population is unlikely to be sustainable and it is highly likely that there will be some sort of unrest.

The real problem is that the greedy (George Bush et al) have not planned or invested in the future and have grown rich on plundering oil stocks knowing there is nothing to replace it. There is no suitable replacement for oil and, although it's possible that a fully working hydrogen cell will be developed in the near future, it appears unlikely to happen before oil runs dry.

As I said, thought provoking. But will George and his good buddies watch it?
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on 28 April 2013
Everyone should watch this DVD to understand how our daily life is entirely dependent on oil.
We have now let the opportunity to take adaptive measures against the effects of peak oil pass us by. Now the results are all around us. Some are spending a large part of their income on transport. Food prices are rising as more of the corn crop is used for biofuel. And the West is in the midst of a recession, with all the governments efforts at promoting more growth just not working.
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on 15 April 2016
A worrying look into a world without oil in the future
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on 28 October 2009
A film everybody should watch we are running out of OIL and it is non renewable I repeat when it is GONE it is GONE their is nothing to replace it with. So lets stop wasting it so don't press so hard on the gas pedal, recycle all plastic turn your heating down just a few things to start with but if we ALL do it maybe later generations can still benefit from this black gold we call OIL.
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on 20 November 2014
Watched this several years ago now and oil seems to be getting cheaper despite this film's prediction.
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on 24 July 2009
had very high hopes for this, but in all honesty it was a little dull. The world is dying (that seems to me to be a fact) and oil is both good and bad. But like it or not we depend on it at the moment. I'm not sure this DVD had a lot to contribute to the debate. Maybe it did in 2006, bt in 2009 it seems dated to me.
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VINE VOICEon 25 March 2008
This is a painstaking documentary about the frighteningly central role of oil in our lives. Made 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 make a documentary that manages to look at both sides of our oil needs and industry while not knocking our addictive behavior towards gasoline.

The film relies on interviews with notable academics, experts and advisors from across the political, corporate and economic spectrum. It has seems like there's no discernible political axe to grind - which makes it all the harder to ignore it's hard to ignore.

The focus of this all is our crude oil dependency, the manner in which access to oil is driving U.S foreign policy, the ubiquitous nature of oil in modern society, the lack of efficient alternatives to petroleum, and the concept of Peak Oil: that once world oil output reaches its maximum peak, recovery will plateau and then begin a permanent decline. Once this decline commences, all hell will break loose with the world economy. Depending on the experts, this decline could already be under way or it could be 20 years away, but it is generally accepted that it is on the horizon.

If you liked "An Inconvenient Truth", you'll be enthralled by this film.
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on 20 November 2009
This thought provoking review of the history and current status of the oil industry and the dependency of 'developed' nations upon it is a must for anyone who is concerned about the future of human and other life on earth. It explains what is meant by the 'Oil Peak' and its implications.
It is a perfect complement to films such as 'The Age of Stupid', 'An Inconvenient Truth' and others pointing out the way that the squandering of cheap fossil fuel has contributed to unsustainable population rise, loss of biodiversity and progress towards irreversible climate change.
Presentation is hard hitting but not sensational and given by people with a lifetime's experience of the industry.
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