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It took hundreds of millions of years for petroleum to form on Earth. It took just 150 years for human beings to bleed the planet of roughly half of this oil.
Arresting in its honesty and erudition, CRUDE IMPACT examines the catastrophic prospect of ''world peak oil'' - or the point in time when the quantity of petroleum extracted from the earth begins to irreversibly decline. The film illuminates a vicious cycle of escalating dependency and need, as well as the behaviors and patterns fueling this cycle, such as consumer fetishism and the myth of endless supply, the tremendous rise in population, and the demands of many more quickly-industrializing nations. It also surveys the devastating and far-reaching effects of the rampant pursuit of oil, including increasingly aggressive political turmoil, irreparable ecological damage, economic turbulence, and gross human rights violations.
Elegantly weaving together an alarmingly accelerating pattern of consumption and depletion, the award-winning CRUDE IMPACT reveals a frighteningly dark future that can only be averted by becoming informed, spreading awareness, and revolutionizing the way we think and live.
DVD Features: Over an hour of additional interviews on globalization, 9/11, alternative fuels and more.
Packed with abundant evidence and persuasive speakers, Crude Impact sounds the alarm over world peak oil. Once extraction of this non-renewable resource passes the tipping point, the biosphere and global economy could collapse (author Thom Hartmann claims it's already happened). James Jandak Wood offers a thorough take on the crisis, incorporating factors such as the transition from agrarian to industrial societies, the switch from coal to oil, rapid population growth, and human rights abuses. Though his interview subjects, mostly authors and attorneys, concentrate on the U.S., several cite China's rising consumption rates as a serious concern. States author Michael Economides, "China has gone berserk in its energy demand." Wood also shines a light on Ecuador and Nigeria, oil-producing nations where poverty, pollution, and disease run rampant, leading to the execution of protesters like Ken Saro-Wiwa, who spoke out against the actions of Shell Oil in Africa. As in the documentary King Corn, the director concludes that our oil addiction is hastening our demise (just as our over-reliance on corn-filled products has reached critical mass). Though Crude Impact covers some of the same ground as Who Killed the Electric Car? and A Crude Awakening, all released within the same year, his point bears repeating since the problem persists. The repetitive score serves as a mild soporific, but time-lapse photography, eye-catching graphics, and clips from vintage ads, cartoons, and comedies liven up the grim scenario. Well organized bonus interviews, along with a few funny outtakes, add further value. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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I don't think that this topic has been properly understood by some reviewers. Let me make this very clear: it is impossible to speak meaningfully of Peak Oil or the End of Cheap... Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Mr. Peter M. Bradley
Overall I think this dvd just portrays one side of the story, Im not an oil industry fan but objectively I consider this dvd to be somewhat partial on the matter.Published on August 30, 2010 by Carlos Alcantara
It is impossible to see this film and not begin to rethink the way we live. Crude Impact deal with one of the most critically important issues of our time. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Kay Sandberg
I am glad to see this documentary available and hope many people will watch this film and feel its effects. Read morePublished on April 14, 2009 by K. Nelson
An interesting, informative and entertaining film that commanded my attention throughout its viewing. Read morePublished on April 10, 2009 by MEF
This is a very important film. The media has yet to fully embrace the reality of what this story reveals, mostly because the media is energy illiterate. Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by NewWestRadical