Movie review: Oilcrash
God I love film festival time, all those documentaries that the mainstream never play get an airing to real fans in small smelly theatres where the uncomfortable chairs are part of the artistic experience darling.
I don’t believe the end of the world will happen with the Rapture and the four horses of the apocalypse, BUT I do believe we live with the very real threat of environmental collapse. Under that umbrella of civilization coming to an abrupt halt, are the added issues of pandemics and the end of Oil. This doco focuses on the latter with an incredible reality check in terms of how much oil we have, what really fuels conflict in the Middle East and the coming civilization crises when we suddenly run out. Normally you can shake all these issues off with the label, “Dumb pinkos’, but oil executive, after oil executive, after oil executive all confessing how bad the situation is makes for compelling evidence. Energy alternatives are laughed off, Nuclear power is given particular derision, as it is pointed out that to replace the 30 Billion barrels of oil we consume each year, we would need to build 10 000 nuclear reactors!
Let’s take a moment on that shall we, TEN THOUSAND NUCLEAR REACTORS! Oh and they point out that Uranium reserves would be consumed within two decades. Hmmm, neato.
The bleak reality grinds to a conclusion that when the oilcrash comes within a decade, civilization as we know it, will collapse. I image what that would be like in reality, thousands of white people fleeing from the cities as the cities become toxic and food empty only to confronted by tribal and warlike rural Maori who would have the only fraction of stability. I wonder if they would put up with a second colonization, I wonder what the boot would feel like on the other foot?