The Tyranny of Big Oil

2016, Society  -   7 Comments
Ratings: 7.79/10 from 76 users.

Another hard-hitting segment of the acclaimed documentary series The Empire Files, The Tyranny of Big Oil paints a sharp critique against the oil industry, and its stranglehold upon the highest levels of the United States government.

The filmmakers rely heavily on the insights of Antonia Juhasz, the author of the film's namesake, as well as freelance investigative journalist Greg Palast. Collectively, they speak of the industry's influence in dictating domestic and international policies, avoiding meager environmental regulations, and using every weapon in their arsenal to protect and expand their interests.

The all-encompassing power of the oil industry is nothing new. It began with the world's first billionaire - John D. Rockefeller - who used strong-arm bribery tactics to monopolize 90% of the globe's refineries. The U.S. government attempted to enact legislation to break up this monopoly, but these efforts were in vain. The oil industry, and the elite class who controlled it, became too big to adhere to government regulation.

This dynamic has only become more inflamed over time. Today, oil reserves are sparse and harder to reach. As the world's largest consumer of oil, the United States military considers oil procurement a matter of national security. According to the testimonies offered in the film, they are even willing to wage wars in an attempt to lay claim to these reserves.

The environmental impact of dirty energy dependency is even more catastrophic and immoral. The British Petroleum oil spill of April 2010 killed eleven citizens, nearly a million birds, untold quantities of marine life, and has set the stage for decades of life-threatening health repercussions. Even in the face of the biggest environmental disaster in recorded history, the industry has reframed the narrative by offering generous payouts to climate scientists and ecologists and negotiating to speak on their behalf. Meanwhile, they've been ordered to pay less than 10% of the fines required of them by law.

Sobering and infuriating, The Tyranny of Big Oil examines a nation where laws and principles are determined entirely by greed, and whose immoral practices in defense of the oil industries likely endanger the future of our planet.

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Brett Manton

    The love of money is the root of all evil.

  2. Mahmoud BouRaad

    The biggest and worst MAFIA in the world is Black Gold Industry and they are well protected by each and every US government, democrat or republican with no difference at all. Big money in the pockets of the politicians, dirty and corrupt, allows the giant oil company do the impossible.

  3. Timothy Murphy

    This helps to understand why there is so much war & misery in the world.

  4. anti

    mother earth has a 'special' place for greedy people after they pass over

  5. Drew

    I Agree with KsDevil but the issue is no less important. Also no less need to address.

    Renewables are available, scalable and mature. They provide jobs and are a resource that does not have as negative impact as carbon. The truth and science needs to come out. Having the truth suppressed or distorted puts the US at risk of having other countries over take it as a world leader. (Countries that adopt renewable energy will have cost advantages compared to countries that don't or are late adopters.)

  6. KsDevil

    A documentary filled with ominous adjectives that color the facts being presented.
    Still, it's only half an hour long and there's nothing on TV. Might as well watch this. It's not like anyone has the solution to the problem.

  7. serialteg

    too biased :(