From Explorer | Alaska's Last Oil | National Geographic Channel It was pretty good and quite insightful. I didn't realize that Alaska oil production was down so much. They mentioned the Prudhoe Bay is producing about 400K barrels/day, down from the peak of 1.5 million barrels/day. They mentioned that if they just continued to produce from the wells they have now, maintain those wells and facilities they've got, production would decline about 16% a year. So, oil companies are taking steps to offset that. For those who haven't looked up the figures per EIA - Petroleum Basic Data, the US consumes currently consumes 19.5 million barrels of oil/day. It seems our depedence on foreign oil is now down to 56.9% instead of 60% not long ago. ANWR was a big focus of the show and at the very end, they mentioned a government estimate of it holding between 4 and 12 billion barrels of oil over its lifetime, probably less than the US would use in a year. Interestingly, the low figure they mentioned is the high resource case mentioned at EIA - Analysis of Crude Oil Production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Results. As with the 20/20 ep on oil addiction ep I mentioned, I wish this were required viewing for anyone who owns a gas guzzler or is in the market for one. The next rerun is on 7/28 if you happen to receive NGC.