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Over a Barrel [electronic resource]: Truth About Oil

ABC News Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
With roller-coaster gas prices becoming the norm, this ABC News program travels the country to uncover surprising and sometimes disturbing aspects of the oil industry. Charles Gibson reports from Cushing, Oklahoma, where the price of a barrel of oil dictates the price nationally; journeys 160 miles off the coast of Louisiana to one of the deepest-drilling oil rigs in the nation; and visits "refinery row" along the greater Gulf Coast. Viewers learn how Wall Street speculators can cause oil prices to skyrocket, while Energy Secretary Steven Chu discusses the importance of biofuel development and former NATO commander General Wesley Clark discusses the role that oil played in the Iraq war.
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39 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Jan. 28, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Truth about oil
  • America's Oil Addiction (1:02)
  • Refinery in Oklahoma (0:51)
  • What Is Oil? (1:10)
  • Gas Stations: Profitability Issues (1:04)
  • Oil Loading Racks (1:08)
  • All Gas Essentially the Same (1:30)
  • Problem of Oil Refineries (1:02)
  • Oil Companies Close Refineries (1:32)
  • Oil Refineries: Choke Point (1:02)
  • Gas Prices (1:14)
  • Oil: Supply and Demand (0:50)
  • Oil Pipelines In U.S. (0:59)
  • Oil Ownership (0:52)
  • Oil Speculators (1:13)
  • Oil Owned by Wall Street (0:59)
  • Oil Market Manipulation (1:04)
  • Oil for Profit (0:34)
  • Economic Jihad (0:57)
  • Alaskan Pipeline Plot (1:36)
  • Oil: The Source (0:57)
  • Oil and Military Billions (1:09)
  • Wesley Clark on Middle East and Oil (0:56)
  • American Troops in the Middle East (1:00)
  • Geopolitical Complications of Oil (1:27)
  • Dependence on Foreign Oil (0:56)
  • Domestic Oil (1:04)
  • Deep Water Oil Extraction (1:01)
  • Underwater Robots (0:55)
  • Technology and Crude Oil Extraction (0:59)
  • Domestic Oil Is Not Enough (0:54)
  • T. Boone Pickens and Oil Independence (1:31)
  • Barack Obama and Energy Independence (1:03)
  • Motivators for Fuel Alternatives (0:49)
  • Cheap Gas at the Pump (0:48)
  • Innovations for Energy Independence (1:05)
  • America: Responsible for Its Oil Problems (1:18)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
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41330 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (39 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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