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Introduction: Climate Wars: Planet Oil (01:42)


This film presents the global addiction to oil and presents a future requiring alternative energy sources.

North Sea's Oil (02:59)

Great Britain struck an "elephant field" of oil in the North Seas, containing 1.8 billion barrels of oil. In the late 1980s, Britain experienced an economic boom. For a short time, the North Sea produced more oil than Saudi Arabia.

Soviet's National Emergency (02:54)

When the price of oil dropped in the 1980s, the whole Soviet economy was threatened and rationing was introduced. In 1991, Gorbachev declared a state of national emergency.

Oil Deal of the Century (03:10)

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the off-shore oil rig fell in the hands of Azerbaijan. Heydar spearheaded the oil deal of the century. Construction of new pipeline allowed for the exchange of oil like never before.

Awash with Oil (03:38)

A hike in oil prices would impact every aspect of our lives. Griffon alphas are ships that can fill with oil and transport it, without having to build an expensive oil rig.

American's Addiction to Oil (02:36)

Oil prices were rising alarmingly. As developing nations grew, the demand for oil rose. By 2008, oil prices broke the $100 per barrel mark. Hubbert was hailed as a profit when oil prices peaked as predicted in 1970.

American Hydrocarbon Revolution (04:18)

"The days of easy oil are over." - We are now left with oil that is more difficult and more expensive to extract. This led to new and innovative ways to drill for oil. The prospect of peak oil seems to be pushed back.

Unconventional Sources (03:03)

America's energy security has led to a period of optimism in the country. Unconventional sources make up 7% of the global oil supply. There is plenty of oil, the question is can we get to it and in an economical way.

Carbon Dioxide (03:25)

In 1992, experts came together to debate the improvements made around the world to the environment. Climate change has taken a grip on the environmental agenda. Our binge on oil has resulted in carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere at an unprecedented rate.

Harnessing Earth's Natural Movements (05:30)

To achieve a low carbon dioxide future, scientists look towards renewable energy: solar; wind; hydro-electric; tidal. Nuclear power is another option.

Design of Cities (04:40)

Abu Dhabi spearheads an attempt to design an energy efficient city. Electric, driver-less cars transport people.

Solar Farm (03:57)

The Masdar Project has built the biggest solar farm in the Middle East. The entire farm can provide electricity to 20,000 homes annually. Shell is creating the world's first carbon capture and storing projects.

Energy Strategies for the Future (05:51)

Modern life is dependent on hydrocarbons. Serious investment and careful planning are required to make a switch from oil to renewable energy sources.

Credits: Climate Wars: Planet Oil (00:45)

Credits: Climate Wars: Planet Oil

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Part of the Series : Planet Oil
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As we entered the 21st century, the world was guzzling oil, coal, and gas like never before. In this concluding episode, Iain Stewart argues we face a stark choice. Do we continue feed our addiction—suck Planet Oil dry—and risk catastrophic climate change, or do we go hell for leather for alternative energy sources; nuclear, renewables, to make the transition from our fossil fuel past to a low carbon future. In which case, how do we make that shift? A BBC Prodcution.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL95200

ISBN: 978-1-68272-422-4

Copyright date: ©2015

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