"In a society where most people take energy for granted and
assume life will go on just as it is, this film is a cold shower of
For many of us, energy is something we wish we had more of,
drained of it as we might be at the end of a long day. But the
energy that lights and heats our homes and powers our TV,
refrigerator and air conditioner, that helps grow and transport our
foods, and that lets us drive to work or bring the kids home from
school, that energy remains far in the shadows. Since it's just
"there", we give it little if any thought.
Crossroads looks deeply and objectively at our use of, and
dependence on, energy. It traces the history of our society since
the Industrial Revolution and makes very clear that without cheap
energy--primarily petroleum over the last 100 years--our society,
and the industrialized society worldwide, could never have existed.
It asks the question where do we go from here?''