New documentary: Peak Oil - Imposed by Nature
A new Peak Oil documentary DVD will be launched on Friday 15th July. 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, you can pre-order it exclusively at PowerSwitch.
This DVD will be made available to North America via www.postcarbon.org in Mid-August.
In the film Dr.Colin Campbell takes us to Stavanger in Norway where he worked the last 10 years of his professional career. He explains the aspects of discovery and subsequent production, the increase and the decline, and the fact that this will happen to the world as a whole very soon. Dr. Campbell is also our ”guide” throughout the film, our ”anchorman”, so to speak.
Richard Webb is a financial risk analyst with broad experience from some of the world’s largest investment banks. He expresses his opinion about signs that the market is reaching an extremity, and that this tends to endorse what Colin Campbell and the ASPO are saying; that we are near the peak. Webb underlines the importance to understand that the dramatic event is not when we will run out of oil, but rather what will happen when there is less tomorrow than there is today.
Norwegian petroleum geologist Olve Torvanger has 30 years of world wide experience in seismic surveys, searching for oil. He points to the seriousness of a situation in which our tools become ever more sophisticated, but we are finding less and less.
Matthew Simmons is Chairman and CEO of Simmons & Co.International, one of the worlds largest energy investment banking firms. He expresses a deep concern for the urgent need to take measures to prevent that the decline shall destroy our society. He refers to the word ”crisis” as: A temporary problem that has been left unattended so long that it has become permanent !
Aage Figenschou, Norwegian board member of Simmons & Co expresses concern over the oil companies’ downgrading of their reserves. He believes that we are near the peak, but underlines that it will not make people run to fill up their cars. What we will see, he says, is a constant pressure towards ever higher prices, a rather negative thing....
Chris Skrebowski, editor of Petroleum Review in London draws up the lines of a need for a much stronger involvement from government that could go as far as deciding who can have, and who can not. The Government, he claims, will find themselves in a war-like situation.
Investigative reporter Michael C.Ruppert is expressing his views on the fact that Dr.Campbell was approached in his own village in Western Ireland by US intelligence. Ruppert claims that what the CIA most of all wants to know is; ”how close is the ASPO to penetrating the public consciousness with the issues of PEAK OIL and how close is the public to acknowledging what it’s going to mean”. According to Ruppert the so-called ”war on terrorism” is nothing but a war to control the last reamining oil reserves of the planet.
US president George W. Bush expresses in the film worries over the fact that the US now imports over half of their crude oil, and that very often they import that from countries that ”don’t particularly like us,”... ”that it could jeopardize the national security to be dependent on sources of energy from countries that don’t care for America,-what we stand for, -what we love.”
TROPOS DOKUMENTAR, Oslo, Norway
Producer / Director / Cameraman:
Amund Prestegard, 52, Norwegian.
Experienced in all aspects of filmmaking since 1972.
Prestegard runs his own production company, TROPOS DOKUMENTAR since 1995.
The film ”PEAK OIL – imposed by Nature” was nominated ”Best professional documentary” at The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival 2005.
The idea for this film came about when Prestegard in the fall of 2002, during research for another project, became aware of the global oil depletion situation when reading the works of Campbell, Laherrere and Simmons.