Addicted to Oil

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If you’re away from home Saturday night, set the TiVo or VCR. Discovery Channel will air the world premiere of Addicted to Oil: Thomas L. Friedman Reporting at 10 p.m. (EST/PST). The one-hour special (click here to view a preview) is must-see TV for readers who embrace organic living, offering an in-depth look at the consequences of America’s oil dependence and ways to solve it.

With gas prices averaging more than $3 a gallon across the United States and the cost of the war on terror mounting, topics like energy conservation, global warming and alternative energy have never been more relevant to American economic and national security. In Addicted to Oil, Friedman brings his incisive reporting to the political, strategic, environmental and economic impact of America’s fossil fuel addiction and proposes business, technological and governmental solutions for beating it.

Friedman (pictured, center of photo) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning NewYork Times columnist who brought globalization to the masses with his book, The World Is Flat. He now takes petropolitics—a phrase he coined to define the relationship between oil prices and the power of oil-rich nations—into the mainstream by explaining how today’s energy crisis differs from the gasoline lines of the late 1970s. Friedman’s explanation of the intricate relationship between energy, national security and geopolitics couldn’t be more timely or compelling as he tells viewers, “This is not your parents’ energy crisis.”

In candid interviews with former CIA director James Woolsey, General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner and other key officials, Friedman explores America’s Achilles heel and the heart of today’s energy crisis: 97% of America’s transportation—including cars, planes and trains—is dependent on oil.

How did the United States get to this point? What is the message of petropolitics? Friedman examines the new realism that has driven some Americans to find a solution to the nation’s oil habit by researching and investing in green technologies for cars and homes, rather than waiting for government incentives. Friedman gives viewers a fresh perspective on the kind of cars they may be driving in the future by unveiling the materials and manufacturers of ultra-light automobiles, which can cut a car’s gasoline consumption by half.

Photo: Mark Mandler/Discovery Channel

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