Crudeawakening Masthead

Jan. 6th

Select Members of the group will be discussing the movie "A Crude Awakening" at 6:30pm on Jan. 6th, 2009 at the Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition.

Crude Awakening is an advocacy group based in Austin, TX. We concentrate our efforts on political and community awareness of peak oil...

Find our main discussion board plus information about our community meetins in Austin, TX

After the Peak -- Video
A docudrama explores the impact of peak oil on a typical American community
Looking for Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash? Click here to go to the website and view a snippet of the award-winning film

Informational Resources









The Long Emergency: » By James Howard Kunstler. 2005.

Power Down: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World » By Richard Heinberg. 2004.

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World » Paul Roberts, 2004.

The Party's Over: Oil, war, and the fate of industrial societies » By Richard Heinberg. 2003. Humanistic perspective, from the view of an ecologist.

Hubbert's Peak: The impending world oil shortage » Kenneth S. Deffeyes, 2003. From an oil industry geologist.

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy » By Matthew R. Simmons. 2005. A very technical analysis of the Saudi oil situation, predicting Saudi oil peak is at hand.

The Coming Oil Crisis » Colin Campbell, 2004. A respected oil industry geologist.

Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak » By Kenneth S. Deffeyes. 2004.

Blood and Oil : The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency » By Michael T. Klare. 2004.

Crude : The Story of Oil » By Sonia Shah. 2004.

Oil: Anatomy of an Industry » By Matthew Yeomans. 2004.

Out of Gas: The end of the age of oil » David Goodstein, 2004. Scientific slant, from a thermodynamicist.

High Noon for Natural Gas » Julian Darley, 2004.

Jimmy Carter and the Energy Crisis of the 1970s: The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech of July 15, 1979 » Daniel Horowitz, 2004.

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late » By Thom Hartmann. 2004/2000.


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Very professional blog with multiple experts discussing the peak oil issue.

Metadirectory: Books, websites, news, Internet forums, articles, community groups and videos.


Current Events - excellent website with comprehensive news and facts.





Post Carbon Institute is an educational institution and think tank that explores in theory and practice what cultures, civilization, governance & economies might look like without the use of (non-renewable) hydrocarbons as energy and chemical feedstocks.

Named after the late Dr. M. King Hubbert, Geophysicist, this website provides data, analysis and recommendations regarding the upcoming peak in the rate of global oil extraction.

A comprehensive overview of the Hubbert Peak model


(Interviews and presentations)
Listen to what these experts and authors have to say.

The Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC) is an independent, UK-registered educational charity working to raise international public awareness and promote better understanding of the world's oil-depletion problem.

A kinder, gentler view of the implications of peak oil.

Peak Oil Blues
A look at the psychological aspects of peak oil The Archdruid Report
Informed and Educated perspectives on nature, culture, and the future of industrial society


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The End of Suburbia
Oil Depletion and The Collapse of The American Dream. This DVD is an especially excellent movie for people that have never heard of Peak Oil.  (playing time approx. 78 minutes)

Peak Oil: Imposed By Nature The film sets out to explain the Peak Oil phenomenon giving an approximate date for the Peak, and draws up lines of possible consequences for Mankind. (playing time 28:30)

A Crude Awakening: Oil Crash
This film, strongly endorsed by Crude Awakening, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts us on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely redesigned and overhauled … immediately. Shot on location at oil fields in Azerbaijan, Venezuela, the Middle East and Texas, with original music by Daniel Schnyder and Philip Glass, the film provides not only very serious questions, but also possible solutions to the most perplexing and important economic, environmental and public policy issue of our times.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak oil
was inspired when Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy took a trip to Cuba through Global Exchange in August, 2003. That year Pat had begun studying and speaking about worldwide peak oil production. In May Pat and Faith attended the second meeting of The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, a European group of oil geologists and scientists, which predicted that mankind was perilously close to having used up half of the world's oil resources. When they learned that Cuba underwent the loss of over half of its oil imports and survived, after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, the couple wanted to see for themselves how Cuba had done this.

Documents Studies Library

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Peak Oil Flyer Download and hand out this two-page (front/back) flyer summarizing peak oil.

Peak Oil Information Awareness Sheet: A discussion of the peak oil issue, potential consequences, alternative energy facts, and further resources.

Travis County Land Availability for Agriculture
This document discusses the amount of land needed to sustain sufficient agriculture to feed the residents of Austin, and then investigates how much land is available for the task.

Cuba After Peak Oil
: When the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union collapsed, so did energy support from the Soviet Union to Cuba.  Cuba lost more than 50 percent of its oil imports, much of its food and 85 percent of its trade economy. The Gross Domestic Product dropped by more than one third, transportation halted, people went hungry and the average Cuban lost 30 pounds.  The country was forced into an emergency "relocalization" effort.  This document describes that effort and its outcomes.

Energy Descent Action Plan
: This is a comprehensive relocalization action plan for the town of Kinsale, in West Cork, with a population of about 7,000 people.  The plan was developed by permaculture students at the Kinsale Further Education College in 2005.  This report contains numerous ideas on how to "power down" over a period of time.

San Diego / Tijuana Action Plan
This is a comprehensive case study authored by Jim Bell, an expert and lecturer on Life Support Sustaining Development at the  Ecological Life Systems Institute.  The document outlines the requirements and abilities of the region to completely "re-localize" over a period of approximately 20 years and modify the economy from a net importer of energy, food and water to a net exporter.  Excellent ideas and approaches. Driving The Solution:  The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle: As automakers gear up to satisfy a growing market for fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicles, the next-generation hybrid is already cruising city streets, and it can literally run on empty.  The technology is here, the electricity infrastructure is in place, and the plug-in hybrid offers a key to replacing foreign oil with domestic resources for energy independence, reduced CO2 emissions, and lower fuel costs. 

Decentralizing Power-Energy For The 21st Century
(Greenpeace publication) - A decentralized energy (DE) system has two key characteristics.  First, buildings (from suburban homes to industrial units) double up as power stations because they have within them one or more energy generating technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines or cogeneration units.  Local impact is important, cumulative impact could be enormous.  Second, local energy networks proliferate, distributing heat and power.  These networks will be supplemented by community scale plants generating close to the point of demand.

Facing Some of the Hard Truths About Energy (ExxonMobil) - A speech delivered by Lee Raymond, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in June, 2004.  The speech covers multiple aspects of energy realities for the United states.

The 'Abiotic Oil' Controversy
(an article by Richard Heinberg) - There is some speculation that oil is abiotic in origin -- generally asserting that oil is formed from magma instead of an organic origin.  The abiotic theory holds that there must be nearly limitless pools of liquid primordial hydrocarbons at great depths on Earth, pools that slowly replenish the reservoirs that conventional oil drillers tap, and that should, in theory, be reachable if we drill far enough.  And here is a separate  link to a blog debate on the subject.