Peak Oil News: Peak Oil - The Post-Apocalypse In Movies and Fiction

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Peak Oil - The Post-Apocalypse In Movies and Fiction

Have you read a story or seen a movie that relates to a post peak oil world in some way?

Many sci-fi stories project a future of boundless energy resources that supply everything and anything seemingly with negligible cost and consequence. Considering the likelihood of the ultimate depletion of fossil fuels the possibilities projected seem improbable, if not outright silly. A planet sized super-city, fully populated with humans and aliens, with flying transportation devices, and no visible means of power or food production can be fun to consider, but its un-believability diminishes the story to some degree.

Do you have a movie, novel, or short story that you liked, or did not like, that attempted to be realistic about the future? Please add your suggestions to the comments and we can keep a list to share with others.

Here are a few that come to mind for me:

Movie: The Road Warrior. The Mad Max movie about a world where fuel was fought over by villagers and ruffians in a bleak desert landscape. A very good movie!

Book: The Postman, by David Brin. A post-apocalyptic future Oregon where a wanderer dons a found USPS mail man uniform and becomes the entire region’s mail man. An entertaining and reasonable story.

Movie: The Postman, with Kevin Costner. The same story as above very loosely woven into a movie plot. I thought it was a basically rotten movie. Too bad.

Movie: Syriana, with George Clooney. This movie presently in theater release has great reviews, but I have not seen it yet.

Movie and book: The Planet of the Apes. It has been years since reading or viewing this story, but I recall both favorably.


At 12:10 PM, December 26, 2005, Blogger politiques USA said...

Has anyone heard lately about the possibilities to build an oil refinery in Egypt to lower oil prices outside OPEC?

KUWAIT CITY (AP) - Egypt is to build the world's biggest oil refinery in conjunction with Arab investors, Egypt's Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmy said in comments published Friday.

The refinery will have a capacity of 500,000 barrels per day, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyassah quoted Fahmy as saying.

It was not clear why the minister reportedly said the refinery would be "the world's biggest" as South Korea, for instance, has two refineries with a capacity of 650,000 barrels a day and more.

High oil prices have recently highlighted the world's shortage of refining capacity for crude oil.

Fahmy, who was interviewed while attending a petroleum industry conference in Kuwait, did not say when the refinery would be built nor where. Nor did he name the prospective investors.

Officials at the Ministry of Petroleum in Cairo were not available for comment as Friday is the weekend in Egypt.

With an output of 500,000 barrels per day, the new refinery would greatly increase Egypt's capacity for processing crude. The country's largest refinery, el-Nasr at the Red Sea port of Suez, has a maximum capacity of 146,300 barrels per day.

Merry Christmas.


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