How can we have a rational discussion about the most important thing in our lives—energy –when virtually every word, term and phrase used in describing energy production and consumption is wrong? Journalist turned filmmaker, Mark Mathis, explains why common terms such as “fossil fuel,” “alternative energy,” “clean energy,” “mother nature” and “fracking” are highly misleading. These incorrect terms deceive the public about the essential nature of oil, gas, coal and nuclear power and cause people to believe in expensive, dangerous illusions. In addition to explaining why common energy terms are inaccurate, Mathis proposes a better way to think and talk about the fuels that power our lives.


When the Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 people everywhere lamented our “addiction to oil.” In spite of that terrible accident, we should ask ourselves if that statement is true. Even better, was it ever true? Journalist turned documentary filmmaker Mark Mathis flips the idea of our “oil addiction” on its head. In this provocative film Mathis reveals that we are not addicted, but we are in fact spOILed by the incredible lifestyle oil has given us—a lifestyle we take for granted at our own peril.

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