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Forget the axis of evil, its the axis of oil
The Cold War and the
War on Terror were about ideology and globalization. The 21st century
will be dominated by the struggle for energy: It will be every man for
himself and it's going to get dirty.
In the two-part documentary
Energy War, VPRO's Backlight investigates the major developments with
regards to energy sources. Featuring NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman.
film describes the geopolitical consequences of the dependency on
fossil fuels. In the struggle for the last sources of fossil fuels,
countries all over the world are forced to take new political and moral
decisions and have to enter into awkward alliances: rogue regimes must
be tolerated and befriended. With a special focus on the gas conflict
between Georgia and Russia and the position of Saudi Arabia.
a.o. Thomas Friedman, author of international bestseller The World is
Flat. Friedman sheds his light on the inverse connection between rising
oil prices and the establishment of free democracies.
The film then
moves on to take a look at the international markets for alternative
energy. If oil and gas are scarce and expensive in the future, where
will countries turn to keep their economy going and their population
warm and happy? Could solar energy or bio fuels become the main energy
sources of the post-fossil fuel era? Will governments, multinationals or
small producers be the motor of the green race?