DVD - 2011
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Documented is the history of oil prices and the future of alternative fuels. Included are interviews with a wide range of viewpoints from U.S. Department of Energy officials, congressional leaders, alternative fuel producers, alternative fuel consumers, and more. What are the causes that led America from being a leading exporter of oil to becoming the world's largest importer? Examined are many different potential solutions to the dependence on oil.
Publisher: [Los Angeles] : Cinema Libre Studio, 2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 333.8232 GAS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 13, 2016

Similair to "Who Killed The Electric Car". Both very informative & eye-opening documentaries. Highly recommend.

Jun 05, 2016

This was close to the style of Michael Moore without having to look at him & his options. The track with the writers narrating was fine insight without having to be the center of the story. Which was very madding and scary in parts. It was what I expected. Good research, animation was charming too.

Oct 11, 2012

This film is an exposé of gasoline in the USA. The problem is framed by consumer preferences and consumption patterns, and the solutions offered with few exceptions are a perpetuation of the status quo by using alternative fuels. Missing is the obvious fact that almost any consumer could cut their fuel consumption immediately by riding a bike, walking or taking the bus - not even a consideration in the car culture featured in this film. "I'm an American, I drive an SUV, and I want cheaper gas" seems to be the mantra, and guess what, it's possible, we just have to get those nasty oil companies to stop shelving great ideas and conspiring with the car companies. Some of the personalities in this film are credible, but others look like in-bred mountain people living in shacks in Montana with no credentials. These people need to take a trip to Europe where the price of petrol is double or more what we pay in North America. You can complain about it, or change your driving behaviour, vehicle, etc. The only thing stopping you is you.

Aug 15, 2011

This documentary is very dry, very detailed and features more than a few talking heads. However NONE of this can detract from the freshness of it's approach on the issue and the truth of it's message. The focus of this doc is on the fact that huge technological advances in car fuel efficiency has been buried, bought out by oil companies that have no interest in seeing something that will reduce consumption of their product come to market and some very sinister allegations (and bizarre coincidences). I do think it's a damn shame that current patent law allows innovations to be locked away for good. I figure if it's not being used, the patent protection should become null and void. It's insulting that a former publication by Shell has actually been buried and destroyed which clearly shows that it is possible for gas mileage can be a LOT higher than it currently is - and this publication is over 50 years old. I'm kind of hating car companies right now - if Beta could be copied in a different format and be overtaken by VHS, then certainly there is a lack of will in the car industry to find a way around these old patents to make a more fuel efficient car.


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