Peak Oil Triple Set
Oil, Smoke & Mirrors - DVD
Oil Smoke & Mirrors offers a sobering critique of our perceived recent history, of our present global circumstances, and of our shared future in light of imminent, under-reported and mis-represented energy production constraints.
Through a series of impressively candid, informed and articulate interviews, this film argues that the bizzare events surrounding the 9/11 attacks, and the equally bizarre prosecution of the so-called "war on terror", can be more credibly understood in the wider context of an imminent and critical divergence between available global oil supply and and global oil demand.
The picture Oil, Smoke & Mirrors paints is one of a tragically hyper-mediated global-political culture, which, for whatever reason, demonstrably disassociates itself from the values it claims to represent.
While the ideas presented in this film can at first seem daunting, it's ultimate assertion is that these challenges can indeed be met and surpassed, if, but only if, we can find the courage to perceive them.
“Oil, Smoke & Mirrors” is an independent production. The producer has neither association with, nor membership of, any political organisation.
Peak Oil: Myth or Reality?
The phrase ‘Peak Oil’ has been coined to bring attention to the belief that the world is at, or very close to, the point where reserves of global hydro-carbon resources commence the downward path, which will ultimately lead to the complete exhaustion of global oil & gas resources.
Whilst the theory of ‘Peak Oil’ is popularized by a sympathetic media, the oil industry, continues to produce in excess of 90 million barrels each day whilst enjoying record levels of profitability, yet remains remarkably silent on the issue.
The mainstream media is also strangely silent on the existence of alternative theories to ‘Peak Oil’. Why is this? Does everyone in the Oil & Gas industry agree with the forecasts that the world is entering the last days of an oil-based economy? If not, what is the alternative viewpoint and why is it not given coverage by the mainstream media?
In addition, the proponents of ‘Peak Oil’ conveniently ignore rapidly advancing well construction, reservoir management and stimulation techniques, which enable more than twice as much oil to be extracted than when oil was first discovered in the late 19th Century. Not to mention the development of production from unconventional sources, such as the massive Shale Oil deposits beneath Colorado, Utah & Wyoming.
Harvard PhD graduate Jerome Corsi wrote, “Oil companies are making record $100 billion annual profits not because oil is scarce … but because we believe it is.”
Ian R. Crane, a veteran of a twenty-year career in international oilfield services, which provided him with the opportunity to live & work in the UK, Mainland Europe, Middle East and the USA, believes that counter theories to Peak Oil should be given equal consideration and people should be given the opportunity to see the truth behind ‘Peak Oil’. Is it real decline in availability of resources or ‘perceived shortage’, which has resulted in the price of oil escalating from $9.81 per barrel in 1999, to in excess of $140 per barrel today? What cannot be denied is that over the past five years, the major oil companies have achieved the greatest levels of profitability in corporate history. Over the same period, oilfield related stocks have increased in value by as much as a 500%, reaping enormous rewards for oilfield executives and industry investors.
Ian does not suggest that we should continue to burn in excess of 90million barrels of hydro-carbons each day but he is concerned that the proponents of ‘Peak Oil’ are inadvertently playing into the hands of Big Oil. With the price of petrol now firmly set above the £1 per litre mark in the UK, it’s time to hear the other side of the story.
Peak Oil Debate
Rob Hopkins is the founder and self-appointed Leader of the Transition Town movement; a movement which demands its acolytes acknowledge the Transition Town 'Twin Drivers' of Peak Oil and Anthropogenic Climate Change.
Ian R. Crane is a veteran of a twenty year career in International Oilfield Services, who believes that there is no shortage of global oil & gas resources and that the rampant prices increases are the result of Governmental and Corporate manipulation.
Peter Taylor is an Ecologist and Environmentalist who has served as an Environmental advisor to both the UN and the EU. Peter believes that far from being in a period of Global Warming, the planet is actually entering a period of Global Cooling!
Can Rob Hopkins' dogmatic stance on his 'Twin Drivers' stand up to intellectual scrutiny?
This is the debate that the Transition Town leadership have attempted to strike from the record; yet both Ian Crane and Peter Taylor express their support for many Transition Town initiatives. Rob's attachment to Peak Oil and Anthropogenic Climate Change, coupled with his apparent dismissal of Codex Alimentarius raises some very pertinent questions regarding his underlying agenda.
This debate is essential listening in the pursuance of intellectual transparency, honesty and integrity.