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when the first barrel of american oil was extracted in the 19th century, the EROI (energy returned on investment) was a whopping 100 to 1. civilization needs a ratio of 10 to one to survive. put a dollar in the ground and out comes 10 dollars of fossil fuel. the EROI ratio of oil is now at 20 to 1. there will always be oil in the ground. it will just take more money to pump it than it is worth. ethanol is a best 2.5 to 1.Read more ›
to maintain the system, to appropiate more & more resources to maintain that struture of dominance, to maintain the militarty forces, to maintain order, to maintain the byzantium bureaucracy, to maintain the priesthoods that develope the ideology & religion that legitimize the KINGS over the serfs. This has played out for over five thousand years and evolved through the city/states, then the nation/states, to the current corporate/states.
Some believe they will move either toward perhaps a world dictatorship or a nuclear World War before they loose their power to the people.
Globalization's goal was to tie us all into this ecological overshoot. It is now very difficult for any individual or place to manage their own affairs, not just in resources but in pollution. Never has there been a time when all these civilizations are linked up in this globalized resource exchange called free trade, which in the short run gives us amazing economic growth but in the long term makes us incredibly vulnerable to political insecurity, resource anomalies, or Stalin/Hitler draconian outcomes.
So we set up massive militerzations to force continued trade. We set up GIGANTIC banking/financial frameworks to keep this free trade going. This added complexity has diminishing returns. The only solution is to realign our population both in size & location with the biological carrying capacity of the planet.
Unfortunately, as the film implies: it's do or die time.
The presenters who perhaps come closest to expressing the "New Age" paradigm are Derek Jensen and David Korten. Jensen, whose "Endgame" book and DVD have taken modern civilization severely to task, is by far the most pessimistic voice heard. Korten traces the system which gives rise to and perpetuates the kinds of myths which lead people to accept uncritically whatever their leaders say regarding the human condition to the very roots of what we call "civilization"; namely the dominant hierarchic dynamic which replaced cooperation to set a few members of society above the rest, thereby maximizing the exploitation of natural resources to keep the dominant few in positions of power. More mainstream experts include Bill McKibben and James Hansen, both of whom for years have sounded the warning bell about the relationship of fossil fuel to climate change; and Dr.Read more ›
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I am hesitant to give this film a 5 star rating, in spite of the fact that it is the best cinematic depiction I have seen of the environmental crisis that humans have created for... Read morePublished 21 months ago by acerbas
This film is extremely well done in giving us a sense of the extent to which oil resources changed the relationship of humans to their enviroment. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by David Weightman
Blind Spot is an award-winning documentary about how after we reach the peak of oil drilling (within the next few years) life will begin to rapidly change for all of us, as the oil... Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Isobel Poe
This movie cuts right to the heart of the matter, and tells a very important truth where most in society are oblivious. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by DoingGood
I just saw this film the other day, and I must say, it is one of the most disturbing, chilling movies I've ever seen. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Russell
Everyone should probably see this movie and then start thinking of ways we can start to fix things now while there is still time. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Derek Putnam