Nikiforuk, Andrew. Series: The Big Shift. Ed. David Beers. The Tyee. Vancouver, February 2013. Ongoing.

“Not If But When: Culture Beyond Oil.” Ed. Jo Clarke, Mel Evans, Hayley Newman, Kevin Smith, and Glen Tarman. London: Art Not Oil, Liberate Tate, & Platform London, December 2011. 96 pages.

In Invisible Oil, the artist Ernst Logar addresses the material petroleum and its importance as a basis of our modern civilization using the example of the Scottish petroleum metropolis Aberdeen. In the course of his work, the artist managed to get access to non public places of the North Sea based petroleum industry. The photographs taken and the correspondence with the petroleum companies, which are active there, are documented as well as the numerous artistic works developed and made of the material petroleum. These objects reflect our modern civilization’s dependency on petroleum and contemplate it in a haunting manner. The book also addresses the current economic and social situation of the oil-industry-dominated city of Aberdeen and possible problematic future scenarios.

Essays by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Karin Kneissl, Peter Troxler and Alejandra Rodríguez-Remedi examine the political and economic significance of oil as a resource, as well as the substantial changes in favour of sustainability that will be necessary in the future.


Oil & Gas

Alberta. Dir. Meredith Danluck. TOXIC. VICE TV. June 2007. Official website

Being Caribou. Dir. Leanne Allison and Diana Wilson. June 2005. Video available at

Blood and Oil. Dir. Jeremy Earp. 2008. Official website

The Big Fix. Dir. Josh Tickell & Rebecca Harrell Tickell. June 2012. Official website

A Crude Awakening. Dir. Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack a& Reto Caduff. May 2006.

Crude: The Incredible Journey of Oil. Dir. Richard Smith. ABC Science. May 2007. Official website

Crude: The Real Price of Oil. Jan. 2009. Dir. Joe Berlinger. Official website

Elemental. Dir. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri Roshan. Oct. 2012. Official website

Fuel. Dir. Josh Tickell. Jan. 2008. Official website

Gas Hole. Dir. Scott Roberts & Jeremy Wagener. April 2008. Official website Full documentary available at

GasLand. Dir. Josh Fox. Jan. 2010. Official website

Gulf. Dir. Meredith Danluck. TOXIC. VICE TV. June 2010. Official website

Hayneswille: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future. Dir. Gregory Kallenberg. Nov. 2009. Official website

In the Kingdom of Oil and Millions. [Neft va milyonlar saltanatinda]. Dir. Boris Svetlov. May 1916.

A Journal of Crude Oil. [Caiyou riji]. Dir. Wang Bing. Jan. 2008.

The Killing Ground. Dir. Steve Singer. 1979.

Land of Oil and Water. Dir. Warren Cariou and Neil McArthur. May 2009. Official website

Lenz, Garth. “The True Cost of Oil.” TEDX TALK. TEDxVictoria. Nov. 2011.

Manufactured Landscapes. Dir. Jennifer Baichwal. Sept. 2006.

The Oil Factor. Dir. Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy. July 2005. Official website

Oil on Ice. Dir. Bo Boudart and Dale Djerassi. May 2004. Official website

Oil: Smoke and Mirrors. Dir. Ronan Boyle. Jan. 2007. Official website Full documentary available at

Petropolis. Dir. Petter Mettler. 2009. Official website

The Pipedreams Project. Dir. Faroe Des Roches and Ryan Vandecasteyen. 2011. Official website

Split Estate. Dir. Debra Anderson. Aug. 2009.

SpOil. Dir. Trip Jennings. 2010. Official website

Sweet Crude. Dir. Sandy Cioffi. June 2009. Official website

Tipping Point: Age of the Oil Sands. Dir. Tom Radford and Niobe Thompson. The Nature of Things. CBC. January 2011. Official website

Total Denial. Dir. Milena Kaneva. March 2006.

United Nations University. Oil Series. 2010.

White Water, Black Gold. Dir. David Lavallee. 2011. Official website

Wiebo’s War. Dir. David York. Oct. 2011. Official website


Power Trip. Dir. Paul Devlin. Feb. 2003. Official website

Energy & Automobility

A Snow Mobile for George. Dir. Todd Darling. Jan. 2008. Official website

Global Car. Dir. Dodge Billingsley. 2009. Official website

Revenge of the Electric Car. Dir. Chris Paine. April 2011. Official website

Who Killed the Electric Car? Dir. Chris Paine. Jan. 2006. Official website

Climate Change, Peak Oil & the Anthropocene

The 11th Hour. Dir. Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen. Aug. 2007.

The Age of Stupid. Dir. Franny Armstrong. Feb. 2009. Official website

Aftermath: Population Zero. National Geographic Channel. March 2008. Official website

Aluna. Dir. Alan Ereira. June 2012. Official website

The Antarctica Challenge. Dir. Mark Terry. June 2009. Official

Are We Changing Planet Earth? Dir. Nicolas Brown and Stephen Cooter. May 2006.

Carbon Nation. Dir. Peter Byck. Oct. 2010. Official website

Chasing Ice. Dir. Jeff Orlowski. Jan. 2012. Official website

Collapse. Dir. Chris Smith. Sept. 2009. Official website

Cool It. Dir. Ondi Timoner. Nov. 2010. Official website

The Crisis of Civilization. Dir. Dean Phuckett. Nov. 2011. Official website Full video available at

Crude Impact. Dir. James Jandak Wood. 2006. Official website

Earth 2100. Dir. Rudy Bednar. June 2009. Official website

The End of Suburbia. Dir. Gregory Greene. May 2004. Official website

Escape from Suburbia. Dir. Gregory Greene. Aug. 2007.

Everything’s Cool. Dir. Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. Jan. 2007. Official website

The Great Warming. Dir. Michael Taylor. Oct. 2006. Official website

Home. Dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand. June 2009. Official website

How to Boil a Frog. Dir. Jon Cooksey. Sept. 2010. Official website

An Inconvenient Truth. Dir. Davis Guggenheim. May 2006. Official website

The Island President. Dir. Jon Shenk. Sept. 2011. Offical website

Life After People. Dir. David de Vries. Jan. 2008. Official website

Odyssey 2050. Dir. Daniel Barmejo. 2012. Official website

PetroApocalypse Now? Dir. Andrew Evans. Sept. 2008. Official website

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Dir. Faith Morgan. May 2006. Official website

Sizzle. Dir. Randy Olson. July 2008. Official website

Sprawling from Grace. Dir. David Edwards. June 2008. Full video available at

Surviving Progress. Dir. Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks. Sept. 2011. Official website

Sun Come Up. Dir. Jennifer Redfearn. April 2010. Official website

Vince, Gaia. “Anthropocene.” Frontiers. BBC 4. Nov. 21, 2012.

Welcome to the Anthropocene. Dir. Owen Gaffney and Felix Pharand Deschenes. 2012.

What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire. Dir. Timothy S. Bennett. 2007. Official website

Climate Change Skepticism

An Inconsistent Truth. Dir. Shayne Edwards. Jan. 2012. Official website

An Inconvenient TruthOr a Convenient Fiction? Dir. Leesa Kelly and Tim Donner. April 2007. Full documentary available at

Climate of Doubt. Frontline. PBS Television. Oct. 2012.  Official website

The Denial Machine. The Fifth Estate. CBC Television. Nov. 2006. Official website

The Great Global Warming Swindle. Dir. Martin Durkin. March 2007. Official website

Greedy Lying Bastards. Dir. Craig Rosebraugh. March 2013. Official website

The Greenhouse Conspiracy. Dir. Hillary Lawson. Equinox. Channel Four Television. Aug. 1990.

Not Evil Just Wrong. Dir. Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney. Oct. 2009. Official website


Before the Mountain Was Moved. Dir. Robert K. Sharpe. March 1970. Available for download from

Broken Rainbow. Dir. Mario Florio and Victoria Mudd. 1985.

Burning the Future: Coal in America. Dir. David Novack. April 2008. Official website

Harlan County, USA. Dir. Barbara Kopple. Oct. 1976. Official website

The Hole Story. [Trou Story]. Dir. Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie. Nov. 2011. Official website

Journey to the End of Coal. Dir. Samuel Bollendorff and Abel Ségrétin. 2008. Interactive web documentary. Official website

The Last Mountain. Dir. Bill Haney. Jan. 2011. Official website

Mountaintop Removal. Dir. Michael Cusack O’Connell. Sept. 2007.

Sludge. Dir. Robert Salyer. 2005. Official website

Westray. Dir. Paul Cowan. Sept. 2001. Available at

West Virginia. Dir. Meredith Danluck.  TOXIC. VICE TV. Aug. 2009. Official website


Buried in Earthskin. Dir. Helena Kingwill. 2009.

Into Eternity. Dir. Michael Madsen. Jan. 2010. Official website

Uranium: Is It a Country? Dir. Kirsten Schnatz. Nov. 2008. Official website

White Horse. Dir Maryann DeLeo and Christophe Bisson. 2008.

Water & Hydroelectric

America’s Water Crisis. Dir. Meredith Danluck.  TOXIC. VICE TV. Nov. 2012. Official website

Blue Gold: World Water Wars. Dir. Sam Bozzo. Oct. 2008. Official website

Cadillac Desert. Dir. Jon Else and Linda Harrar. June 1997.

Chasing Water. Dir. Peter McBride. Sept. 2011. Yale Environment 360. Official website

Dreamland. Dir. Þorfinnur Guðnason and Andri Snær Magnason. April 2009. Official website

Drowned Out. Dir. Franny Armstrong. Aug. 2002. Official website

Elemental. Dir. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri Roshan. Oct. 2012. Official website

Flow: For Love of Water. Dir. Irena Salina. Dec. 2011.

Hindsight and Foresight. Terra #534. Dir. Gary Shigenaka. Full video available at

Last Call at the Oasis. Dir Jessica Yu. May 2012. Official website

Liquid Assets: The Big Business of Water. CNBC Originals. Sep. 2010. Official website

One Water. Dir. Sanjeev Chatterjee and Ali Habashi. Feb. 2008. Official website

Poisoned Waters. Dir. Rick Young. PBS Frontline. Official website

Running Dry. Dir. Jim Thebaut. 2005. Official website

Sam. Dir. Aaron D. Weisblatt. 1986.

Semper Fi: Always Faithful. Dir. Tony Hardmon and Rachel Libert. April 2011. Official website

Tapped. Dir. Stephanie Soechtig & Jason Lindsey. July 2009.

Thirst. Dir. Alan Snitow. June 2004. Official website

Waterlife. Dir. Kevin McMahon. May 2009. Official website

The Water Front. Dir. Liz Miller. Nov. 2007. Official website

Water on the Table. Dir. Liz Marshall. March 2010. Official website

The Water War. Dir. Licinio Azevedo. 1995.

Plastics & Waste

Addicted to Plastic. Dir. Ian Connacher. Oct. 2008. Official website

Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? Dir. Suzan Beraza. April 2010. Official website

Into Eternity. Dir. Michael Madsen. Jan. 2010. Official website

Garbage Island. Dir. Meredith Danluck. TOXIC. VICE TV. June 2008. Full video available at

The Killing Ground. Dir. Steve Singer. 1979.

Midway. Dir. Chris Jordan. 2013 (forthcoming). Official website

Plastic Bag. Dir. Ramin Bahrani. Official website

Plastic Paradise. Dir. Angela Sun. 2012. Official website

Plastic Planet. Dir. Werner Boote. Sept. 2009. Official website

Redemption. Dir. Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neil. 2012.

Tar Creek. Dir. Matt Myers. Aug. 2009. Official website

Trash Inc. CNBC Originals. Sept. 2010. Official website

The Warriors of Qiugang. Dir. Ruby Yang. Sept. 2010. Official website Full video available at

Alternative energies

The Fourth Revolution: Energy. Dir. Carl-A. Fechner. March 2010. Official website


Capitalism is the Crisis by Michael Truscello


Chris Jordan creates large-scale art works out of photographs of garbage and mass consumption, depicting the habits of North American consumers and polluters. His most recent series, Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009—ongoing), depicts the impact of the Pacific Garbage Patch on the avian life living upon Midway Island.

Future States brings together independent filmmakers to produce mini-features (usually less than 30 minutes in length) to explore contemporary political, economic, social, and environmental trends. The three “seasons” of digital shorts focus primarily on the US, projecting current issues into speculative and science fictional futures.

Platform London combines art, activism, education and research. Platform’s current campaigns focus on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the global oil industry.

Our World 2.0. “Oil Series.” Produced by the United Nations University’s Media Centre, OurWorld magazine highlights “global challenges of climate change, food security, biodiversity loss and peak oil,” with a focus on finding solutions for these and other issues.

InPEC is an independent online magazine on international politics, energy and culture founded by the alumni of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. InPEC intends to be a not for profit resource and will continue to provide quality analysis for free.

Continental Pipelines Map lists current and proposed pipelines dealing with oil from the Alberta oil sands.

Oil Stories: Climate change, peak oil and pollution dominate our everyday lives, but how have they affected our imagination? The Guardian’s short fiction project Oil stories asks writers from around the world to drill down through layers of cliché and cant to explore the hidden reservoirs which fuel our dreams and power our nightmares.

Garth Lenz‘s photographic work on the Alberta Tar Sandsand the boreal region of Canada was awarded first place in Social Documentary Net’s competition, “Ten Years After Nine-Eleven: Searching for a 21stCentury Landscape.”

European Energy Review.” This provides analyses of contemporary developments of European Energy policy and relationships.

OpenOil is an energy consultancy and publishing house based in Berlin. They are a transparency business, seeking market-driven solutions which produce better outcomes from the oil and gas industry for the people of producing nations.”

Oligarchy is an online game where you can be the protagonist of the petroleum era: explore and drill around the world, corrupt politicians, stop alternative energies and increase the oil addiction. Be sure to have fun before the resources begin to deplete!


The IDB Energy Database. Inter-American Development Bank. 2015.,19144.html?

Thorkelson, Erika. “Federal Ads Aim To Convince Canadians of Progress Where None Has Been Made.” Desmog Canada. 19 February 2013.

Goldenberg, Suzanne. “Shell to suspend Arctic offshore drilling program over safety fears.” Guardian. 27 February 2013.

Hoggan, Jim. “How the Harper Government Fuelled the Anti-Keystone XL Movement.” Desmog Canada. 28 February 2013.

“America’s Cheap Gas: Bonanza or Bane.” The Economist. 2 March 2013.

Beiser, Vince. “The Deluge.” Pacific Standard Magazine. 4 March 2013.

“Oil workers urged to lose weight to create space on helicopters.” STV News. 4 March 2013.

Casselman, Anne. “Will Canada’s Proposed Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Muck Up Its Pacific Coast?” Scientific American. 5 March 2013.

Hodal, Kate. “Burma’s Oil Rush.” The Guardian. 5 March 2013.

“Venezuela after Chávez: Now for the reckoning.” The Economist. 5 March 2013.

Edmonton Journal, February 4th 2012, Penty D1, “Imperial expansion of the Oilsands Project Will Boost Cold Lake Output Barrels.”

Edmonton Journal, Saturday February 4th 2012, A1, Thomson A2, “David Shames Goliath into Oilsands Action.”

Chilly Manjaro, September 4, 2011. Posted in Geology, Pollution. “Crude oil extracted from tar sands one of the most controversial forms of fossil fuel

BJORN LOMBORG and global warming : The Skeptical Environmentalist Believes that present tactics ( such as Kyoto) fr dealing with climate change are ineffective. 

Laura Payton, CBC News, “Environment groups ‘threaten to hijack’ system, natural resources minister says”

James Hogan, Climate Cover Up  “Climate Cover-Up documents one of the most disgusting stories ever hidden about corporate disinformation. What you’ll discover in this book amounts to proof of an intergenerational crime.”

Big Oil’s Takeover Of The Gas Industry

Chris Wood, December 2011, The Walrus, “A Rock and a Hard Place

The State of the Union Goes Green:

Edmonton Journal,The Birth of Ethical Oil and Ethical Oil TV Ad

Garth Lenz, “Provincial Distance in a Tar Nation” TEDxTalk. A visual journey through the Alberta Tar Sands and a discussion of the the local regional and global impacts and how we can respond.

Steven Meisel (photographer), A photshoot for Vogue called “Water and Oil” (also linked in tumblr)

Kelly Cryderman, “Alberta’s Redford meets Republican leaders to tout Keystone pipeline” The Montreal Gazette, November 15, 2011

Brian Topp, “The Harper government’s new best friends: Mao’s heirs” The Globe and Mail, November 14, 2011

Winona LaDuke, “The Pipeline for the One Percent” Indian Country Today Media Network, November 13, 2011
Brandon Keim, “The Apocalyptic Landscapes of Alberta’s Oil Sands” Wired Science, November 7, 2011

Chris Turner, “Pipeline to prosperity or channel to catastrophe?” Globe and Mail, September 17, 2011

Antonia Zerbisias, “Is Vogue Italia’s oil-themed fashion shoot slick or crude?”, August 2010

Don Gilmor, April 2005, The Walrus. “Shifting Sands