A Crude Awakening
Credits: Directed by Basil Gelpke
Details: (G), 85 mins, Switzerland, English
Synopsis: Oil, a rare and non-renewable fossil fuel, is the source of the world\'s largest economies, and demand is set to accelerate even faster as China embraces the private motor vehicle. But as demand grows, supply seems likely to shrink, with potentially catastrophic consequences. Scientists and experts reveal the truth about the scarcity of oil and talk about the alternatives - and the need to innovate now.
A theatrical documentary on the planet\'s dwindling oil resources.
OilCrash, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology.
Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.
The idea that the world’s oil supplies have peaked, or will soon, is gaining mainstream currency. Robert B. Semple, Jr., associate editor of the New York Times editorial board, writes in the paper’s March 1, 2006, online edition:
You needn’t be a conspiracy theorist to see a connection between America’s current obsessions with the Middle East and national security, and the world’s looming oil crisis. The frenzied search for alternative sources of energy now being pursued by the largest multinational energy corporations makes it clear they also believe a crisis is fast approaching. Each day’s headlines, whether the subject is Iraq or South America, sheds new light on the issue.
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