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CRUDE IMPACT is a powerful and timely story that deftly explores
the interconnection between human domination of the planet and the
discovery and use of oil. This documentary film exposes our deeprooted
dependency on the availability of fossil fuel energy and
examines the future implications of peak oil — the point in time when
the amount of petroleum available worldwide begins a steady,
In 1956, M. King Hubbert, a geologist at Shell Research Labs, shocked
the oil industry by predicting that United States oil production, the
largest in the world at that time, would peak in the early 1970s and
then continuously and irreversibly diminish. His prediction was vilified
and largely ignored — until it came true. In CRUDE IMPACT, modern
day disciples of Hubbert presage how quickly global peak oil will
become a reality and its many serious implications for our way of life
and our world.
Journeying from the West African Delta region to the heart of the
Amazon rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early Man to
the unknown future, CRUDE IMPACT chronicles the collision of our
insatiable appetite for oil with the rights and livelihoods of indigenous
cultures, other species and the planet itself. With great depth and
insight, the film highlights the underlying myths and beliefs that are
propelling us toward what many experts believe will be a cataclysmic
period for humanity.
This timely, eye-opening investigation parallels the high-powered
drama of SYRIANA but brings it to a level of accessibility, awareness
and action for citizens on all points of the economic-cultural-political
spectrum. A story filled with discovery, sorrow, outrage, humor and
ultimately, hope. CRUDE IMPACT uncovers the complex
entanglement of the fate of humankind with its fierce dependence on
petroleum, while providing a vital inspiration for change.