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Videos on Energy, Peak Oil & Resilience

This list of serious and funny videos about energy, peak oil, and resilience includes videos on alternative energy, the oil industry, gas prices, fossil fuel dependence, depletion, the relationship between energy and money, peak oil solutions, and more.

See the rightmost column for additional categories of videos related to energy and peak oil.

VIDEOS ABOUT PEAK OIL, ENERGY & RESILIENCE
FUNNY

 
oil as religion funny video link; thumb of earth seen from space, with many oil wells sticking into it
PETROTHEISM AND DOMINION
Mark Fiore returns to the petrotheism theme to explore how the US public worships oil and how some politicians justify ravaging the earth for more of the black gold.  Watch oil as religion funny video.
 
fossil fuels video link; thumb of man standing by billboard
300 YEARS OF FOSSIL FUELS IN 300 SECONDS
This is a marvelous animated summary of how we arrived at the historical point of "peak everything"—and what we might do about such a predicament. Narrated by Richard Heinberg.  Watch fossil fuels video.

 
funny peak oil video link; thumb of image of sign board that says The History of Oil
ROBERT NEWMAN’S HISTORY OF OIL
Rob Newman, the "Peak Oil Comic," offers a funny standup routine, interspersed with graphics and photos, that walks us through the similarities between history and the present, showing the clear intersection between energy, military strategies, and empires.  Watch funny peak oil video(45:42)

 
graphic of shirtless man by windmill; link for funny video; opens in new window
THE POST-OIL MAN
This cool animation features a peak-oil prognosticator explaining the coming energy apocalypse and why failing to prepare is a recipe for personal doom. From James W. Johnson via YouTube.  Go there
 
photo of many in seersucker suit next to graphic of albert einstein with thought bubble; link for amusing video; opens in new window
OIL SUPPLIES? DON'T WORRY! — When it comes to Peak Oil, who ya gonna believe—egg-head geologists or fast-talking economists and stock analysts? The fast-talkers, of course! This amusing satire does a nice job of skewering the all-too-easy answers Peak Oil skeptics usually throw around. From Randy Park via YouTube.  Go there
 
Comedian Rob Newman at the stand-up mic
PEAK OIL COMIC
Peak Oil is no joke ... but comedian Rob Newman has still figured out how to get a few laughs out of it while delivering the message. Via YouTube.  Go there

 
funny animation about high gas prices link; thumb of gas pumps
STINKY GETS GAS
A funny Mark Greene animated cartoon about vehicle affordability and preference vs. fuel costs.

Watch funny animation about high gas prices.

 
cartoon of coastal oil wells; click to go to animation page at external site; opens in new window
DRILL, BABY, DRILL!
A wild-eyed poke at the oil-drilling frenzy currently in vogue among our Washington officials. (Somehow they failed to get the memo that we can't drill our way out of our oil-addiction problem.) Funny stuff from animator Mark Fiore. Go there
 
funny oil subsidies video link; thumb of oil men collecting bags of bucks gushing from an oil well
OIL ANTHEM
Ace animator Mark Fiore strikes black gold with his musical rendering of the oil industry's insistence that it continues receiving taxpayer subsidies in spite of record profits.  Watch funny oil subsidies video.

 
funny oil video/animation link; thumb of crazy scene with people, the earth, oil wells, and exploding oil bombs in the sky
LITTLE GREEN MAN / THE PETRO PEOPLE
Even before the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, there are some pretty interesting observations that can be made about we, the people of the petroleum era. Funny stuff from Mark Fiore. Watch funny oil video/animation.


  VIDEOS ABOUT PEAK OIL, ENERGY & RESILIENCE
SERIOUS

 
peak oil end of growth video link; thumb of graphics showing barrel of oil and other products
RESOURCES, BIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, AND THE END OF GROWTH
When we get down to first principles in economics, biology, energy, and human behavior, we see that constraints on resources, environment, and debt capacity pose an imminent threat to the economic juggernaut that has brought unparalleled prosperity to so many.  Watch peak oil / end of growth video(50:49)

 
fracking and peak oil video link; thumb of screen saying 'plenty of oil'
DON’T WORRY, DRIVE ON
As the fracking-driven boom in US oil and natural gas production spews on, the mainstream media seems full of assertions that peak oil is a worry of the past. But it ain't so, Joe... as Richard Heinberg explains here, alongside some very snappy animated graphics.  Watch fracking and peak oil video(2:33)

 
transition town video link; thumb of diagram showing inputs and outflows to a town's well being
ROB HOPKINS:  MY TOWN IN TRANSITION
It turns out that people mostly like participating in transition and relocalization efforts not for environmental, economic, or energy reasons, but because they like getting to know and working with their neighbors and community members.  Watch transition town video(18:17)

 
unsustainable trends video link; thumb of Paul Gilding on stage before a crowd
THE EARTH IS FULL
We have filled up the world with ourselves and our stuff. Paul Gilding explains why it's delusional to think that we can continue our pattern of never-ending growth in finance, population, energy, food, water, and pollution.  Watch unsustainable trends video.
 
peak everything video link; thumb of oil man riding a gusher
THERE’S NO TOMORROW
This animated documentary explains resource depletion, economic issues, environmental problems, and the linkages between them. It is a brief but comprehensive overview of "peak everything." The film also explains how you can get ahead of the curve. Watch or read a full review of this excellent  peak everything video.

 
peak oil presentation (narrated video) link; thumb of three curves rising exponentially on a graph - economy, social progress, environmental damage - the axes are energy consumption (y) and time (x)
YOU ARE HERE — THE OIL JOURNEY PRESENTATION
Though we have all become hooked on the technological and societal benefits of the cheap-energy age, that age is unavoidably about to end. In this good presentation on the peak-oil problem, we first see the proof, then we get a few thoughts on how we might navigate the transition.

 
video on infinite growth link; thumb of teddy bears being assembled on a conveyor belt
WHO KILLED ECONOMIC GROWTH?
Richard Heinberg and top animators have put together a very cool short video about the unavoidable end of the infinite growth paradigm.  Watch video on infinite growth.
 
graph showing the relationship between economy, energy, and resources; click to go to course presentation page at external site; opens in new window
THE CRASH COURSE
The Crash Course is a 20-part series of free video clips that explains what's going on with debt and the money system, but also relates the financial crisis to peaking energy supplies and resource scarcity. Chris Martenson does a masterful job of making dry but important concepts easily understandable. The animated graphs and other features, combined with the clear explanations in the voiceovers, make this one of the best presentations we've ever seen. We highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the financial meltdown in the larger context of debt and constrained energy supplies—and who wants to better understand the approaching storm. Go there
 

 
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  RECENT RELATED AUDIO  

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, PEAK OIL — 07.AUG.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Conversations with Great Minds

Richard Heinberg on Peak Oil—Past, Present, and Future — Energy anthropologist Richard Heinberg talks about energy as the most important driver in our economy, and oil as the most important of the various energy sources. Topics include the relevance of M. King Hubbard's predictions; conventional oil and tight oil; energy density for oil vs. batteries; why the future will necessarily have less available energy.
Watch  |  Download/listen   25:40

GP comment:  Heinberg is still the world's clearest presenter on this topic, even if he does pull his punches a bit on just how screwed we are.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, FINANCIAL, COLLAPSE — 05.AUG.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good KunstlerCast

The Only Growth Industry Left: The Generation of Hallucinatory Wealth — John Michael Greer discusses a variety of topics related to energy, economy, and collapse, including slow collapse rather than "big, flashy collapse"; people who are chronically unemployed or have been otherwise economically marginalized are already in collapse; just as in the waning years of the Soviet empire, the US mainstream (state) media is full of reports that all is normal and going well; the major profit center of the shale-oil industry is not energy but rather scammy financial instruments. Greer sees the US empire as being in decline in terms of hegemony, with its global competitors getting increasingly bold at undermining the dollar as the global reserve currency. When this gets underway in full, it will result in global military conflict and, ultimately, a drastic decline in the US standard of living.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   54:35

GP comment:  Pretty much right, though he fails to perceive the hidden (bankster) hand that drives national monetary strategies.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 15.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Feds Dis Lake Erie Wind Project But Fund Cape Wind — (A) Wind turbines in the Great Lakes could provide a large amount of renewable energy, but NIMBY opposition and failure to obtain federal grants have put an off-shore wind project on Lake Erie on hold. ~~ (B) The US Department of Energy has given the 130-turbine Cape Wind project a $150 million loan guarantee. Ken Kimmell of the Union of Concerned Scientists says that this vote of confidence will help make Cape Wind the first commercial offshore wind turbine farm in the United States.
Go to page A  |  Download/listen A   3:53
Go to page B  |  Download/listen B   6:23

GP comment:  That it taken this long for the US to get even one offshore wind farm is a national embarrassment. That we haven't exploited this excellent resource to a much greater degree is a national tragedy.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014

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funny clean coal video link; thumb of clean coal mascot with three brainy scientists in background
SOLAR DIRTY, COAL CLEAN!
In this funny video/animation, Mark Fiore (satirically) explains the dangers of solar and wind energy and the advantages of "clean coal." Dirty is the new clean!  Watch funny clean coal video.
 
funny energy video link; thumb of John Oliver with mic
JOHN OLIVER ON ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
A funny 2-minute bit of standup from John Oliver on energy. (PG warning: This bit has a razor edge, and there are a couple of expletives un-deleted, but it's funny enough to feature it....)

Watch funny energy video.
 
funny pop star video link; thumb of collage of Miley Cyrus and futuristic cyborg holding her CDs
SOURCES WARN MILEY CYRUS WILL BE DEPLETED BY 2013
This funny video from the Onion Newsroom takes aim at the pop-culture machine using a resource depletion angle—quite clever.
 
funny collapse/bug-out video link; thumb of yacht in open waters
COLBERT PLATINUM — WEALTH UNDER SIEGE
As civilization teeters on the brink, the resilience-minded among us are installing solar panels, harvesting rainwater, and planting gardens. The uber-wealthy have different options, as Stephen Colbert explains in this funny collapse/bug-out video.
 
satirists Bird and Fortune on stage; click to go to video page at external site; opens in new window
GIVING IRAQ THE BIRD OVER OIL FORTUNE
A brilliant bit of satire from two British comedians named Bird & Fortune about the Iraq war, control of Iraqi oil, and (shhh!) permanent American military bases there. Via YouTube. Go there

 
graphic image of people worshiping at the altar of 'petrotheism'; click to go to animation page at external site; opens in new window
PETROTHEISM
This is an oldie but a goodie from animation ace Mark Fiore. Rising gas prices, public resistance to reality-based change, and our government's inane policies are all still factors today in our continuing worship of oil.   No longer available from host site.
 
Energy Vacation graphic, looks like a postcard
RUNNING ON EMPTY
Winter, summer, or European—make your vacation an energy vacation! Animated cartoon from Mark Fiore lampooning US energy policy.    No longer available from host site.

  SERIOUS

 
graphic of conceptual multi-source power network; click to go to video page; opens in new window
WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? — This 18-minute film shows how we're wasting energy in power plants today, and how decentralized energy and innovative improvements can help us transition into a sustainable energy future. These technologies already exist! The clip is easy-to-follow and packed with zippy graphics. From Greenpeace via google Video.  Go there
 
picture of Steven Ribeiro next to the words Peak Moment Television; click to go to audio/video page; opens in new window
PEOPLE-CENTERED DEVELOPMENTS FOR REDUCED-ENERGY LIVING
A great interview with a developer who has proved that it is possible to escape the standard grid-dependent sprawl model and instead create a community that uses sustainable energy sources, collocates services and homes, has more green spaces—and that people love living in. From Peak Moment Television.  Go there
 
music videos about oil link; thumb of oil derricks on shore
MUSIC VIDEOS ABOUT OIL
It's about fear, and control
Of those barrels of black gold.

Why are we still so dependent on oil, despite decades of awareness of the pitfalls of such a strategy? To help ponder the question, Grinning Planet has lined up half-a-dozen 'oil' music videos.

 
image of earth from space with the words 'oil, smoke and mirrors'; click to go to video page; opens in new window
OIL, SMOKE & MIRRORS
This documentary is an excellent presentation of the facts that cast overwhelming doubt on the official story of 9/11, linking the event to a larger, unspoken geopolitical strategy that has its roots in Peak Oil, not Al Queda. This is must-see internet TV for any citizen of the US—and the world. Available free from Ronan Doyle via YouTube ... Go there
 
photo of woman at biodiesel pump; click to go to video page; opens in new window
INSIDE BIODIESEL
A good overview of the positive attributes of biodiesel and how it can be made from used vegetable oil (among other things).  Go there

 
peak oil and climate change videos link; thumb of Polly Higgins and slides
CONFRONTING CHANGE
There are numerous threats to our ability to continue business as usual. The recent Confronting Change conference reviewed two that loom large—climate change and peak oil. Presentations include... (1) Climate Change Conferences and Ecocide ~~ (2) Peak Oil, Powerful Interests, and Vast Potentials ~~ (3) Reengineering the Party.  Watch peak oil and climate change videos.

   
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