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CNN to air documentary on Peak Oil this weekend.

by ericy Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 10:41:06 PM EST

There is a 1-hour documentary on the subject of Peak Oil that will be airing on CNN this weekend as a part of the "CNN Presents" series.  The program title is "We Were Warned", and is hosted by Frank Sesno.  Details for the program can be found here:


The program will air on CNN International, and the showtimes will be:

              Saturday Sunday
Buenos Aires    1900    2100
CET             2300    1800
New Delhi       1730    2230
Hong Kong       2000    2100

I believe that the program will air more than once each day.  Someone else came up with the following times, which are valid worldwide

Saturday: 12:00 GMT    22:00 GMT
Sunday:   13:00 GMT    17:00 GMT

For those of you in the U.S., it will air on regular CNN on March 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. ET.

Now the question is, will this program be any good?  Will they really do the subject justice, or will they completely screw it up?

In the program description they start out by talking about a hypothetical where a hurricane takes out Houston, and a terrorist strike comes 2 days later.  If this were all the program were about, then I would say that they missed the point entirely, and write it all off as a waste of time.

Based upon what I have seen so far however, I am cautiously optimistic about the thing.  I have seen a number of clips and transcripts of interviews with Sesno about the program:


and here:


plus an educators guide for teachers:


What I do know is that there are interviews with several people who have good "street cred" on the subject of Peak Oil.  The 3 that I have seen so far are Roscoe Bartlett, Matt Simmons, and James Woolsey.  All of these are arguably fairly conservative - this is probably intentional, and probably a good idea.  If this issue were to be seen as something that only progressives are pushing, then red-staters will probably tune it all out and write it off as some sort of a scheme by the environmentalists.

More discussion of the program appears here:


Once the program has aired, there will be other stories over there with more discussion.

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

Thanks for letting us know about this. I'm always skeptical of CNN's ability to do decent investigation of anything, but it's probably worth at least checking out.
by gradinski chai on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 04:29:42 AM EST
In general CNN can can be a crapshoot.  The series "CNN Presents" has done an excellent job in the past with programs like "Dead Wrong":


so there is a reason to be optimistic.

by ericy on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 09:17:39 AM EST
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