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Ezra Klein

The End of Oil, Explained

by Ezra Klein

The End of Oil, Explained

Ezra Klein

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This episode of the Explained docuseries tells the story of how oil became the world's primary fuel source and explains why the oil industry must be replaced if we are to survive.​​

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The End of Oil, Explained

by Ezra Klein

The End of Oil, Explained

Ezra Klein

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The history of oil is one of greed, power, and environmental destruction.​​ While oil as a fuel source made the world what it is today, it has also led us to destroy the planet.​​ Now, experts agree that we need to switch to alternative sources of energy before it is too late.​​

Explained is a Netflix docuseries from Vox Media, created by Ezra Klein and Joe Posner. It provides historical overviews and modern context to important parts of life on Earth, with a guest narrator for each episode.​​ This episode, narrated by actor Ethan Hawke, takes us through the major ups and downs in the history of the oil industry and points us towards a future without oil.​​

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"It's tremendous irony that the very substances that helped us achieve this level of development today are now the very substances that endanger the future of civilization as we know it."

Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist, and political science professor

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