The Oil Drum: New York City

Helping New Yorkers understand, prepare and adapt to the implications of Peak Oil

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Review of "Oil Factor"

Directly after the Mets game today I went to see the 5pm showing of "Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror" playing at the Anthology Film Archives on East 2nd Street and 2nd Aveune.

The documentary basically re-summarizes recent history since 9/11 in light of the peak oil phenomenon, arguing that the US is really trying to establish military hegemony in the last oil producing region after Europe, Russia and much of the non-Opec countries "run out". This last point was probably their misinterpretation of the difference between oil production peaking and actually running out. This is an important distinction, because actually oil will still be produced for at least a few more decades by even the most apocalyptic predictions.

While I thought this movie did a good job of displaying the suffering and plight of the Iraqis and did underscore how important was to the US in terms of sustaining its global hegemony, another person could have easily walked out of that film thinking it's really not bad having access to Iraqi oil and maybe the war was actually worth it. Of course, I was really outraged at the suffering that has occurred simply to maintain a foothold in an oil rich country in the heart of the middle east. But from a geo-political strategic self interest perspective, I could see how someone else (think O'Reilly and his followers) with a different perspective could think that having our military there is not half bad in the context of peak oil.

This is the danger of focusing too much on the negatives and not offering a more viable solution to continued oil dependence. This is one of the reasons I have started this blog, is to hopefully start painting a viable picture of the solution to this issue other than the die off scenarios.

I think NYC can do quite well in a moderate peak oil scenario, and I think we can lead the way in helping other communities navigate the impact of peak oil as it unfolds.


At 11:11 AM, Blogger Public Takeover said...

Thanks for your summary. I think I will skip the movie and go to the Time's Up! "Meet & Greet" instead.

I read Stephen Klare's "Blood and Oil," so I don't think the movie is going to tell me anything I don't know.

What I want to know is, how soon can we get NYC to turn Some avenue into a bike lane?

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