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A crude analysis

The new film A Crude Awakening suffers from all the deficits of the "peak oil" theory it promotes

By Derek Brower   November 2007

What happens when we run out of oil? Given that almost every aspect of our lives either wholly or partially depends on the steady extraction and refinement of the black stuff, its end is a scary prospect. Forget about air or road travel using the combustion engine. Forget about anything made from plastic or other synthetic fibres. Get ready for a financial meltdown, as petrodollars shrink and the world’s economies contract faster than you can say “alternative energy.”

Or at least this is the kind of fear A Crude Awakening, the latest eco-film to hit the screens, wants its viewers…

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