Watch the trailer video and note how everything in our lives depends on oil.
peakoil International Energy Agency - November 2006
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“This is a prediction of worldwide catastrophe in six years from now. I’d
better find out what this is all about.”
David Goodstein, vice-provost California Institute of Technology
A 90 minute documentary on the planet’s dwindling oil resources
Lava Productions AG, Zurich, Switzerland
Is it really money that makes the world go round? If only it were so
simple. Oil lubricates our global economy.
Proof? 98% of the world’s transportation is directly dependent on oil.
Just two analogies to illustrate the value of oil:
A single barrel contains the equivalent energy of twelve men working for a
whole year: We owe our wealth to the abundant supply of cheap energy.
Ten calories are needed for every calorie produced on a US farm: We
literally eat oil.
As demand continues to grow there is less and less new oil discovered.
We have reached or about to reach the peak in worldwide production.
What if the price of oil – even now far less than that of bottled water - was
much too low given its limited availability and its unique qualities?
What if the price of oil doubles in an instant because of hurricanes and
terrorist attacks? What if war was the only way to secure the last
What does it mean to all of us, our economies, our countries, our
Is the sky really falling - or are we just crying wolf?
More and more geologists, politicians and experts in the oil industry worry
that peak oil production will happen in this decade. Some even believe it is
happening right now.
In this compelling and highly entertaining documentary, OilCrash,
Producers/Directors Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack together with Reto
Caduff explain why the imminent peak in oil production will present the
world with the most dire and immediate repercussions. OilCrash is the
story of how our civilization as we know it, is on a collision course with
Supported by a powerful mix of archival footage, NASA shots of burning
oil fields, and historical film excerpts, OilCrash guides us on an exotic,
visual journey to Houston and the West Texas oil country, Caracas, the
Lake of Maracaibo, the Orinoco delta, Central Asia’s secretive republic of
Azerbaijan with its ancient capital Baku and the Caspian Sea, Shanghai,
Hong Kong and London. We visit the worlds' capitals to learn of our
future from such leading authorities as oil investment banker Matthew
Simmons, former OPEC chairman Fadhil Chalabhi, and legendary former
Saudi oil minister Sheikh Zaki Yamani.
OilCrash is today's hot topic and only now is the real story of peak oil told.
The day of the peak of crude oil extraction and its subsequent decline has
been predicted many times over. In fact, soon after the discovery of what
oil could be used for in the 19th century, there was talk about the coming
demise of the oil industry. As each prediction proved the doomsayers
wrong, the public became numb and each incorrect prediction reinforced
the case of never-ending flows of cheap oil.
But it will end. There is no arguing the fact that all fossil fuels, including
crude oil and natural gas, are non-renewable finite sources. Over the past
few years more and more experts have concluded that we are close to the
time when oil production will peak. When we first began to look at the
subject of Peak Oil in 2004, we became caught up in a survivalist way of
looking at the world. What we had read in books and found on the
Internet, heard in conversations with people concerned with the issue was
simply shocking. These were not doomsday scenarios from conspiracy
theorists, but hard scientific facts backed by serious research. The sudden
activity in the search for alternative energies from major energy
corporations reinforced this bleak picture.
Suddenly, seemingly unconnected news about Katrina and Rita hitting the
gulf coast’s oil refineries; the ongoing war in Iraq; the de facto
nationalization of Yukos in Russia; a war of words between Russia and the
Ukraine on gas supplies; the enigmatic reactions from OPEC; the steep rise
in costs of everything oil-related and even increasing share prices of
companies involved in solar, wind and nuclear energy all pointed in the
This is not purely a Western, American or European issue - but a truly
global one. It is beginning to affect everybody - everywhere.
Zurich, 28 November 2005
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