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End of Suburbia
End of Suburbia
Oil on Ice
Oil on Ice
THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream Showing in Theater 90 (Run time 78 minutes -- starts at 7:00p.m.) "We're literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up" - James Howard Kunstler Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness. Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream. But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary. The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia? Oil on Ice: Screening to Stop Dirty Energy Politics Showing in Theater 92 (Run time: 57 minutes -- starts at 7:20p.m.) "Quite simply the best documentary to date on the ANWR issue." The Telluride Watch OIL ON ICE is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich'in Athabascan Indians and Inupiat Eskimos and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem. OIL ON ICE exposes the risks of oil extraction in this extreme environment. What happens if another oil spill occurs on the coastal plain or under an ice-covered Beaufort Sea? How can one rationalize development of irreplaceable wilderness areas or ignore the cultural survival of indigenous populations? Already, Eskimo residents and leaders of the North Slope Borough are criticizing the impacts of oil development to their lands and seas. Gwich'in Indian residents of Arctic Village, on the southern boundary of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, fear their community's caribou hunting will be severely impacted by oil development in the Refuge. OIL ON ICE also examines the effects that improved fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and development of alternative sources of energy will have on this nation's oil consumption. The issue of oil extraction from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge brings into sharp focus the broader debate over energy conservation vs. unbridled consumption. It also dramatizes the choice between technologies based on fossil fuels and those that draw upon renewable, efficient, and non-polluting energy resources.

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incomplete information 03.Mar.2005 08:08

not nostradamus

what day(s) do the films play?