Are we "addicted to oil" or are we addicted to our delusions about oil? What we believe about petroleum is now colliding with an inconvenient force--Reality....

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Comment by W. Branstetter on December 8, 2011 at 1:12am

Here is the podcast from Grassroots Radio at KLZ560 from December 6 where the filmmaker was interviewed.


Comment by W. Branstetter on December 7, 2011 at 11:36pm

In my opinion, this is a must see movie to spark major discussion and debate.  The term "addicted" with oil may be misapplied and the more applicable term may be "spOILed."  Any person who eats or uses any form of transportation should see this movie.


In geology and other science classes 40 years ago, professors projected that the limits to the world's oil might be reached in the 21st century.  Oil is now used in so many things, but the greatest issue is the extent that transportation systems rely on oil. 


There is a lot in this movie to digest and discuss.  This movie should be seen by as many adults as possible.  This is not technical and it was not sponsored by "big oil."


Hopefully you will be seeing announcements for local "viewing parties" as Mark Mathis, the filmmaker, sold out of his supply of the DVDs that he brought to the Q&A evening at the Highlands Ranch AMC (December 7, 2011). 


I reccommend reading the blog post regarding the Q&A at the Westminster AMC Tuesday evening--good for a chuckle.


Comment by W. Branstetter on November 3, 2011 at 11:08am

Dates and locations for early December have been scheduled for the Denver metro area.  Please check the schedule here for updates:


Comment by Cori Peth on September 18, 2011 at 4:44pm

I hope that you'll take a moment to watch this trailer. spOILed is an excellent film and resource. All too often we only hear part of the story and as a general rule, most of us don't know that much about energy. This film will help to educate us and warn us of our dangerous domestic energy policies. Producer, Mark Mathis, has the following to say about his film:


“spOILed refers to our relationship to oil. The United States and the rest of the modern world is spoiled by the incredible life petroleum has given us. Oil is so embedded into our every moment that not one us of can fully appreciate its impact. How can we contemplate a life without petroleum-based plastics, resins and lubricants? Can you quickly identify even one product that doesn’t contain oil? As mind-boggling as that exercise can be, now try to contemplate a world with no petroleum-derived fuel for transportation. Quite literally the modern world doesn’t exist in any recognizable form without oil.

And yet, forces within our culture (politicians, news organizations and environmental activist groups) have taught people to believe that oil is “bad,” “dirty” and “yesterday’s energy.” The companies that produce this “awful” product are “greedy” and “evil”. This is what it means to be spoiled, to perversely dislike or even hate the industry and commodity that are the most essential components to our daily lives. spOILed is my attempt to point out this preposterous piece of cognitive dissonance.

In a surprising twist you’ll see that spOILed isn’t about oil or oil companies. The film is about us—not just Americans, but anyone who lives in the modern world or in an impoverished nation that wants more than anything to live as we do. We are all facing a future that is anything but secure because geologic and geo-political constraints are colliding with the reality of increased demand pushed by rapidly developing nations such as China and India. Without a significant change in direction we will soon find out what it means to NOT be spoiled.”
Comment by W. Branstetter on September 12, 2011 at 1:15pm

The web site for this documentary is at:

The movie will be available soon.

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