Movies about Peak Oil

video of presentations at the
"International Conference on Peak Oil and Climate Change: Paths to Sustainability"
Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil


Denial Stops Here: From 9-11 to Peak Oil and Beyond

"Denial" contains the best material on the global political implications of Peak Oil, how 9/11 was facilitated to provide the pretext for the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the threat of a World War over the remaining oil supplies. It is film that contains spliced together excerpts of speeches by Michael Ruppert from several lectures in 2004 and 2005. It is not a fancy documentary with exciting graphics, and it is not a guide to personal solutions (for growing potatoes in your yard or putting solar panels on your roof). "Denial" is the best presentation on the interconnections between Peak Oil and 9/11.


The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream"

Perhaps the single best introduction to the Peak Oil issue, "End of Suburbia" has become an underground sensation. It has interviews with many of the best writers and analysts on the Peak Oil issues, discusses the potential impacts to North American suburban sprawl, and gently touches on the global political consequences.

The Oil Factor - Behind the War on Terror

After a year and a half investigation and a three month trip between Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Gerard Ungermann brings us another excellent documentary.  The film looks at both the human cost and the greater geo-stratic picture of George Bush's "War on Terror". With solid facts and figures, maps, graphics and original footage shot on location. It features such personalities as Zbigniew Brzezinski, Michael Ruppert, Noam Chomsky, The Project for a New American Century Director Gary Schmitt, best-seller 'Taliban' author Ahmed Rashid and the Pentagon's own Karen Kwiotkowski. A must see for anyone who wants to understand what is really at stake with today's "War on Terror". Narrated by Ed Asner. A full length movie that explores nearly every aspect of the Peak Oil wars (including a short, succinct chapter about Peak Oil).

Peak Oil: Imposed by Nature

A half hour Norwegian documentary mostly focused on retired petroleum geologist Colin Campbell, the founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil. Includes interviews with Michael Ruppert, Matthew Simmons and others. Entertaining but not comprehensive. It is short enough that it can be shown to an audience in conjunction with another presentation - or to spark lively dialogue about how communities can mitigate the inevitable impacts.


Robert Newman's History of Oil


What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire



Oil, Smoke and Mirrors

A 2006 film from Ireland that connects the Peak Oil and 9/11 issues. The first half of the film interviews key Peak Oil writers such as Richard Heinberg, Julian Darley and Colin Campbell. The second half is focused on 9/11 complicity, but unfortunately it interviews people pushing the "no plane" disinformation (former Lyndon LaRouche political operative Webster Tarpley, who says Peak Oil doesn't exist, American Free Press writer Christopher Bollyn, who has been a frequent guest on KKK leader David Duke's radio show, and Phil Berg, who filed a federal lawsuit against President Bush claiming missiles were fired at the WTC and Pentagon).

9/11 and Peak Oil are inseperable issues, but unfortunately this film is much better at documenting the Peak Oil aspect of these issues than the 9/11 complicity connection. A good documentary connecting the dots between 9/11 complicity and Peak Oil does not yet exist.

Colorado University's Al Bartlett - Renowned Talk On Exponential Growth

Bartlett's presentation on "Arithmetic, Population and Energy: Sustainability 101" also is available for purchase on videotape for $25 or in DVD format for $35. For information call (303) 492-2253 or e-mail herb.rodriguez at


The Deal (2005)
Written by a former vice president of Goldman, Sachs & Co.; The Deal is a wake-up call for America. Against the backdrop of a Middle East oil war against radical fundamentalists, The Deal tells the story of a proposed merger between an American and a Russian oil company, and the lengths and depths to which our country will find itself forced to descend in pursuit of the next “black crack fix” unless we dramatically change our ways.


Syriana (2005)
From writer/director Stephen Gaghan, winner of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for Traffic, comes Syriana, a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, the film's multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power.