Frank Sesno to Present New CNN Documentary on Oil Crisis

Posted: March 2, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Frank Sesno, professor of public policy and communication and CNN special correspondent, will offer a preview screening of his latest CNN documentary about America’s energy reliance, “We Were Warned: Tomorrow’s Oil Crisis,” on Monday, March 6, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus.

Former CIA Director James Woolsey will join the screening and discussion. Woolsey is featured in the film and will be testifying on March 7 before the U.S. Senate Energy Committee. Woolsey’s position is that the United States’ energy dependence is our chief national security challenge.

The documentary opens with a hypothetical,but entirely plausible,scenario that takes place one September day in the not-too-distant future. A category 5 hurricane roars through Houston, destroying oil refineries, drilling platforms and pipelines, all of which are vital to our nation’s fuel supply.

Three days later, terrorists attack two key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s largest supplier of crude. In the days and weeks that follow, gasoline prices hit record highs, food prices soar as trucks cannot afford to make deliveries and Americans begin to realize that their very way of life is in peril.

Throughout the documentary, Frank Sesno speaks with petroleum experts, scientists and engineers, all of whom are scrambling to make alternative fuels viable and plentiful; and industry experts who agree that the era of easy-to-extract oil is over. The crude that is left on the planet is difficult and expensive to obtain.

The program is part of CNN’s award-winning documentary series “CNN Presents.” It is scheduled to air on CNN on Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m., with a rebroadcast that night at 11 p.m., and Sunday, March 19, at 8 and 11 p.m.

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