by Robert Atack
I have been trying to educate the public about peak oil and its ramifications for over 7 years, as I believe it is essential we all are prepared for when the crash inevitably comes. I run the website www.oilcrash.com and have distributed information en masse to politicians and members of the public. Owing to the profile my work has bestowed, the website has made an appearance on Campbell Live and I have been the subject of articles in The Listener, Investigate Magazine, as well as in the Dominion, Sunday Times, and the Kapiti Observer.
I funded this information pack and spent approximately 60 hours working on these over the last 3 weeks. I am endeavouring to get this pack into New Zealand secondary schools and libraries, but it has proven too much for me alone. The 100 packs I have given out today have cost about $500.00. Thus to make up an additional 500 or so packs for the secondary schools and 300 for the libraries throughout New Zealand is going to cost me a lot more time and money. In addition, I have copyright issues to resolve with some of the producers, which will further increase my costs.
The documentaries I have reproduced in this pack are being copied under a fair use provision and as I am giving them away, I feel I am not encroaching too much on their copyright rules. However, to get them into libraries I do require permission — hence the possible $30,000 this project may well cost in total.
I have asked David Parker and all other Labour and National MPs to help me distribute this vital information to our children, but alas, no help has been forthcoming.
Please find in this information pack, 4 DVDs with 16 documentaries of essential information for your future. I hope you have the time to watch some of them.
4 Corners 45 min
This is a documentary from ABC television covering Peak Oil.
Peak Oil Imposed by Nature… 30 min
Produced by Amund Prestegard, and recommended by Colin Campbell, it takes a look at the causes and consequences of Peak Oil, with a focus on the UK.
With a running time of approximately 30 minutes, this fabulous documentary condenses a lot of important and convincing information into a great introduction to what global oil decline means to us all.
Presented by Colin Campbell, founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas,
Power of Community 55 min
The goals of this film are to give hope to the developed world as it wakes up to the consequences of being hooked on oil, and to lift Americans prejudice of Cuba by showing the Cuban people as they are. The filmmakers do this by having the people tell their story on film. Its a story of their dedication to independence and triumph over adversity, and a story of cooperation and hope. Several Cubans expressed the belief that living on an island, with its natural boundaries, breeds awareness that there are limits to natural resources.
Everyone who has worked on the documentary hopes that, seeing this film, people will also see the world on which we live, as another, much larger, island.
The Oil Factor 90 min
After assessing todays dwindling oil reserves and skyrocketing use of oil for fuels, plastics and chemicals, The Oil Factor questions the motives for the U.S. wars in the Middle-East and Central Asia where 3/4 of the worlds oil and natural gas is located With exclusive footage shot on location in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the film documents the spiralling violence now engulfing both Iraq and Afghanistan, a country conspicuously absent from the commercial medias news segments With detailed maps and graphics, The Oil Factor features many experts and personalities such as former Defence Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, M.I.T. professor Noam Chomsky, the Project for the New American Century Executive Director Gary Schmitt, Coalition Provisional Authority Chairman Paul Bremer, former Pentagon analyst Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, current Iraqi government official Abdel Aziz Al-Hakim and authors Ahmed Rashid and Michael C. Ruppert.
Oil, Smoke and Mirrors…
I downloaded this from YouTube so the quality isnt so good, but it highlights peak oil and asks a few questions about the war in Iraq and the attacks on the World Trade Centre. It features Richard Heinberg.
Global Dimming 50 min
Horizon producer David Sington on why predictions about the Earths climate will need to be re-examined.
Why would particles in the atmosphere cause global dimming? (Its very simple — they reflect sunlight back into space. This fact has been well-known for many decades.
Even the most pessimistic forecasts of global warming may now have to be drastically revised upwards. That means a temperature rise of 10°C by 2100 could be on the cards, giving the UK a climate like that of North Africa, and rendering many parts of the world uninhabitable. That is unless we act urgently to curb our emissions of greenhouse gases.
Arithmetic, Population, and Energy by Albert Bartlett, Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Bartlett is a retired Professor of Physics. He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder in September 1950. His B.A. degree in physics is from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics are from Harvard University. In 1978 he was national president of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1969 and 1970 he was the elected Chair of the four-campus Faculty Council of the University of Colorado. Since the late 1960s he has concentrated on public education on the problems relating to and originating from population growth. More recently he has written on sustainability, examining the widespread misuse of the term, and examining the conditions that are necessary and sufficient for sustainability in any society.
73 min in computer downloaded format, so a little grainy.
Robert Hirsch, more from 4 corners 10 min
Robert wrote the Hirsch Report commissioned by the United States Government, this is the opening paragraph.
The peaking of world oil production presents the U.S. and the world with an unprecedented risk management problem. As peaking is approached, liquid fuel prices and price volatility will increase dramatically, and, without timely mitigation, the economic, social, and political costs will be unprecedented. Viable mitigation options exist on both the supply and demand sides, but to have substantial impact, they must be initiated more than a decade in advance of peaking.
Robert has said in subsequent interviews that to maintain a business as usual type economy and if we face a 3% decline in oil supplies we will need to start preparing 20 years before the event, and if the decline is more eg 5% we will need to get ready 30 years before peak or at 8% it will take 50 years (according to the latest figures we peaked at 84,699,000 barrels back in December 2005).
Colin Campbell, more from 4 corners 10 min
Colin is one of the fathers of the peak oil movement, and worked for the oil industry for 45 years as a geologist, he is featured in most of the documentaries about peak oil.
Interesting Times — Peak Oil Meets Climate Change 60 min
Dr Peter Lloyd died on the 15/9/06. He has been interviewed on National Radio and spent the last years of his life trying to inform New Zealand about climate change and peak oil, this is the first 60 minutes of his 79 minute lecture. I am still having this lecture edited.
Robert Newman — comedian 45 min
Robert is a stand up comedian. This 45 min show is about 2 years old, Robert covers peak oil, the reason for world war 1, hegemony of the US dollar and Iraq.
Richard Heinberg/Colin Campbell 60 min
This is the first 60 minutes of the 2 day conference called Fuelling The Future: The Challenge & Opportunity Of Peak Oil.
Location: Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Dates: 18th-19th June 2005
This two day conference is the first in Ireland to bring together many of the worlds experts on Peak Oil and will look at how the impending energy crisis will affect our lifestyles, our communities and how we design our economy. Speakers include: Richard Heinberg; Richard Douthwaite; Dr Colin Campbell; David Holmgren and Rob Hopkins. In addition to the main speakers, the programme will also include breakout sessions looking at areas such as renewable energy options, local currencies, local food, natural building, creating sustainable community and fuel crops.
For the latest line up and all the information about the conference, visit < www.fuellingthefuture.org >.
Richard Heinberg (Power Down) 60 min
Richard Heinberg gives a compelling, chapter by chapter synopsis of his new book Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World. Richard reads an excerpt from Powerdown.
Beyond Treason 89 min, mature audience only
This extremely powerful 89 minute film presents comprehensive documentation from United States Government archives of a massive cover-up, including military and civilian experimentation, dating back over 60 years.
Hear the testimony of experts and of United States military veterans who demand answers to questions that the Department of Defense will not address. What causes Gulf War Illness? (a.k.a. Gulf War Syndrome; Persian Gulf Illness) Some believe these illnesses are caused by exposure to depleted uranium munitions used on the battlefield. Others believe chemical and biological exposures are the prime suspect. While yet an even larger group argue that experimental vaccines given to our troops, without their knowledge or consent, may have lead to the demise of many of these soldiers. Is it a combination of overlapping exposures?
A growing number of scientists and respected experts in their fields have been coming forward to share their research and first-hand knowledge of official betrayal. As ailing Gulf War Heroes from all 27 coalition countries slowly die of unknown causes, they wait for answers from their respective governments… but no satisfying or even credible answers have come forth from the military establishment. Records that span over a decade point to negligence and even culpability on the part of the U.S. Department of Defence and their disposable army mentality.
From the first Gulf War the VA has determined that 250,000 troops are now permanently disabled, 15,000 troops are dead and over 425,000 troops are ill and slowly dying from what the Department of Defense still calls a mystery disease. How many more will have to die before action is taken?
The Doctor Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children 53 min
The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children, an award winning (ÖKOMEDIA 2004) documentary film produced for German television by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn, and released by Ochoa-Wagner Production in 2004 in Germany, exposes the use and impact of radioactive weapons during the current war against Iraq. The story is told by citizens of many nations and opens with comments by two British veterans, Kenny Duncan and Jenny Moore, describing their exposure to radioactive, so-called depleted uranium (DU), weapons and the congenital abnormalities of their children. Dr. Siegwart-Horst Günther, a former colleague of Albert Schweitzer, and Tedd Weyman of the Uranium Medical Research Centre (UMRC) travelled to Iraq, from Germany and Canada respectively, to assess uranium contamination in Iraq.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement 120 min, 1997
I think Waco: The Rules of Engagement is the most remarkable investigative documentary made in the 1990s. It was not funded by a broadcaster, and the cash appeared to come from private people. It began life as a hit around college campuses, and picked up a huge number of sales via the internet, some of them no doubt from members of militias.
Its proposition initially seems dubious — that the FBI not only countenanced but organised the burning of the Branch Davidians at Waco in April 1993. The astonishing thing is that all these assertions, except for the question of motive perhaps, were proved to be correct five years later.
Waco received an encomium from the New Yorker. And by that time of course it had won a number of prizes. It is also a technically impressive film — anyone who truly likes journalism should view it as an example of how to tell a difficult story, and one packed with facts, in such a way that it reaches a wide audience.