THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream

Barrie Zwicker - Host

Broadcaster and writer Barrie Zwicker has specialized in media criticism since 1970 and was VisionTV's media critic since the multifaith network's inception in the fall of 1988, until 2003. He was a writer for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Province, Sudbury Star and Detroit News, and taught the Media & Society course at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto for seven years.

Barrie is also the host and producer of The Great Conspiracy, the 9/11 News Special You Never Saw.

Barrie Zwicker


James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler

New urbanist, lecturer and author of Home From Nowhere, The Geography of Nowhere and The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition. His latest book, available in May 2005, is The Long Emergency.


Peter Calthorpe

Urban designer and founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Author of The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream and Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs, and Towns.

Peter Calthorpe


Michael Klare

Michael Klare

The author of Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum is also a professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.


Richard Heinberg

Journalist and educator, and a member of the core faculty of New College of California, where he teaches a program on Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community. Author of The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies and Powerdown : Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World

Richard Heinberg


Matthew Simmons

Matthew Simmons

CEO of the world's largest Energy Investment Bank, Simmons & Co. International, with clients including Halliburton and the World Bank. Simmons is a also a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council's Natural Gas Task Force and, as such, has contributed "insider" perspective and hard facts to the study of Peak Oil and its effects. He is the author of Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy.


Michael C. Ruppert

Renowned publisher/editor of From the Wilderness, a newsletter distributed in more than 35 countries including 35 members of US Congress and professors at 20 universities around the world. He is a pioneer in the effort to educate people around the world about the consequences of Peak Oil and global democracy. Author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of The American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.

Michael C. Ruppert


Julian Darley

Julian Darley

Julian is an environmental philosopher who researches and writes about non-market and non-technology-based responses to global environmental degradation. He operates an internet broadcasting station, GlobalPublicMedia.com, and is the founder of the Post Carbon Institute, an educational institution that explores what cultures, civilisation, governance and economies might look like without the use of hydrocarbon energy. His book, High Noon for Natural Gas was published in 2004.


Colin Campbell

Author of The Coming Oil Crisis . Convener and Editor of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and trustee for the Petroleum Institute of London. Former geologist for Oxford University (alma mater), Texaco, British Petroleum, Amoco, and served in various Senior Executive positions for Shenendoah Oil, Amoco, Fina, and the Nordic American Oil Company. He has been published 150 times on the subject of Peak Oil and its possibly devastating effects on industrial society.

Colin Campbell


Kenneth Deffeyes
Kenneth Deffeyes

Petroleum geologist, researcher for Shell Oil and author of the definitive analysis on Peak Oil: Hubbert's Peak; the Impending World Oil Shortage. Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.


Ali Samsam Bakhtiari

Senior Expert in the Corporate Planning Directorate of the National Iranian OIl Company, Mr. Bakhtiari was the managing editor of The Journal of the Iranian Petroleum Institute in 1999.

Ali Samsam Bakhtiari


Steve Andrews

Steve Andrews

Denver-based energy consultant and freelance writer. He has worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and taught solar energy design college classes. Contributor to PBS documentary series Running on Empty.


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