Movie Review Friday: Crude Impact
Crude Impact (2006)
In the 1950s, the U.S. was the largest producer of petroleum and the idea that we might one day run out of this endless resource was unthinkable. What was also unthinkable was the economic, political, and environmental destruction that one single source of energy could wreak – but Crude Impact plainly exposes the devastation caused by our addiction to oil.
The documentary begins with a brief history of oil production and the resulting global population boom, which the film argues has led to a consumption-driven culture with too many people and too few resources. Viewers learn bleak statistics too, including the fact that Americans account for 4% of the world’s population yet consume 25% of its resources.
The film, however, argues that moving beyond oil will be only a fraction of the solution; long-term change will require a paradigm shift away from the corporate-dominated, mass-consuming culture that dominates modern-day America.