Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top 5 Climate & Energy Law Films

Following on past posts of my top 5 environmental law films and top 5 natural resource law films, below are my top 5 climate and energy law films.  Too Hot Not to Handle may not really the best film on the list, but it does a very good job of succinctly explaining the science of climate change at the beginning of the film, and I have used this in my classes several times. Crude Impact and Crude Awakening are very similar to each other, but I think the former does a slightly better job explaining peak oil.  Gasland is a must-see if you're interested in fracking.  Finally, I should note that I have omitted An Inconvenient Truth (2006, 100 mins).  I personally have a lot of admiration for this film and Al Gore, but I find that using it in the classroom is politically polarizing.

- Lesley McAllister

Energy and Climate Law Films - Top 5

1) Too Hot Not to Handle (2006, 60 mins): on climate change (Netflix)

2) The Age of Stupid (2010, 92 mins): on climate change, a perspective from 2055 (Netflix)

3) Crude Impact (2006, 97 mins): About the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and their environmental impact (Netflix)

4) A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2007, 83 mins): About the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and their environmental impact (Netflix)

5) Gasland (2010, 104 mins.): about how hydraulic fracturing in natural gas production contaminates drinking water (Netflix)

Runners-up

Oil on Ice (2004): About the controversy over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Netflix)

Everything’s Cool (2007): On climate change (Netflix)

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004) (Netflix)

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