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The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 5 May 2004 (Canada)
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Cast overview:
Barrie Zwicker Barrie Zwicker ... Himself - Host
James Howard Kunstler ... Himself
Peter Calthorpe Peter Calthorpe ... Himself
Michael Klare Michael Klare ... Himself
Richard Heinberg ... Himself
Matthew Simmons Matthew Simmons ... Himself
Michael Ruppert Michael Ruppert ... Himself (as Michael C. Ruppert)
Julian Darley Julian Darley ... Himself
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Himself
Steve Andrews Steve Andrews ... Himself
Ali Samsam Bakhtiari Ali Samsam Bakhtiari ... Himself
Kenneth Deffeyes Kenneth Deffeyes ... Himself
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The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil, when the automobile became the center of the way people lived and an era when people wanted to escape the inner city to a more pastoral or rural way of life. However the suburbs quickly evolved into a merely a place to live that had neither the benefits of rural or urban life, and where one was reliant on an automobile both to travel elsewhere and even travel within the neighborhood. The suburbs are not only dependent upon cheap energy, but also reliable energy. The reliability of energy is becoming less so as demonstrated by the multi-day blackout of the North American Eastern Seaboard starting on August 14, 2003. Part of the problem of getting out of the suburban mentality is that a generation has grown up believing it to be a normal way of life, and a life of entitlement, which they will not give up without a fight. But many developers and planners and ... Written by Huggo

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We're literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up

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5 May 2004 (Canada) See more »

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The documentary was the inspiration for the video for "Them Kids" by musician Sam Roberts. See more »

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James Howard Kunstler: Now we're stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV with an empty gas tank.
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Stating the problem
25 June 2005 | by dlfaganSee all my reviews

A truly scary film. Happening across curmudgeon James Kunstler's rants led me to recently-formed web logs like Life After the Oil Crash (LATOC), Energy Bulletin, and The Oil Drum, and the data behind the theory of Hubbert's Peak. Like this film, LATOC and Kunstler paint a grim picture of die-off or die-back. I hope they're premature, but in mid-2005 rising gasoline prices, rising oil prices, Chevron's Will You Join Us campaign, BP becoming Beyond Petroleum and even T Boone Pickens lend credence to the idea that we are at or near a peak of oil production.

After copious research of limited data, oil investment banker Matt Simmons has suggested that the Saudis may no longer be able to increase production in their immense, but aging fields. In the face of increased demand (primarily from the US and China), the Saudis have not responded with higher production, despite previous assurances. Stated world production from 2000 and 2004 indicates that light, sweet crude has indeed peaked. which means that refining will become more costly.

The film seems aimed at baby boomers, but younger people, our children, also need to understand the implications of an energy-depleted future.


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