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Neil Young, an uncritical celebrity activist

Neil Young speaksToday, the Toronto Star opinions about Neil and his recent activities in Canada, giving a summary about his longrunning political attitude and actions as a musician and artist.

As The Passenger says: The music we march to didn’t just show up on the radar last year sometime. They all know that. Consolidate your feces dark siders, Neil Young has proudly represented workers for decades. [1]

Referring to a recent poll in the Calgary Herald “Most Albertans object to Young’s remarks” it is written:

Today Young is outraged again, only this time it’s with his home country. He hates the oilsands. He thinks it’s the world’s greatest environmental disaster and he believes the health of First Nations peoples, who live near the projects, is threatened.

On a recent visit to northern Alberta, Young gave voice to these opinions. The oil industry and their supplicants summarily dismissed his views. The aging rock star was said to have his facts wrong (even though we lack a widely accepted set of facts about the environmental and health effects of the oilsands). He was characterized as just another in a long list of celebrity activists who uncritically accept the views of those opposed to the oilsands.

Oh yeah, musicians should just shut up and play. For the cool and calm summary of Neil’s reply to these critizisms, Neil replied wonderfully in his “Calgary Adress“. Like music is a place devoid of emotion or discussion or revolution.

A lot of the polled people disagree with Neil’s points of views about the Oil Sands, the climate change, the environmental destruction and the “greed” Canada sells out to the Big Oil players. However, a majority is very concerned and believe the oilsands are damaging the Alberta province’s ecosystems.

“No matter how you feel, there’s a discussion going on around the breakfast table. That’s real, that’s big, that’s Canada,” Young said.

The T-Star concludes:

Big oil has spent tens of millions of dollars in advertisements and public relations gimmicks to convince Canadians and Americans of the unambiguous merits of the oilsands. This has been done in part to pressure the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Whatever positive effect this expensive PR effort has yielded, Neil Young could wipe out in an afternoon of inspired song writing.

The message to Big Oil should be clear. When an angry Neil Young shows up on your doorstep, don’t dismiss him the way you do all your other critics. Give him the respect he deserves and consider his views carefully, lest he train his formidable lyrical and melodic arsenal on you.

Read more :: The Toronto Star, Feb 9, 2014 “Message to the oilpatch: beware Neil Young”.

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[1] Two Shout Outs, 01.28.14, From The Passenger. A summary can be found *here*. The Passenger is of LincVolt Chronicle fame.

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UPDATE: video day: shedding light on the tar sands

Fort-McMurray_Alberta_oilsands

The Passenger writes:

Film Day, 01.28.14
From The Passenger

Here’s a little short and sweet. The link here is to a cut-down version of a film produced by Lawrence Carota through the NFB (National Film Board of Canada). It speaks to many of the issues under discussion here. It’s not easy to digest but it is right on the money:

Crude Sacrifice

I keep looking for indie films that shed a good light on the tar pit. Something produced by someone other that CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) or the Big Oil companies directly. So far it’s been very hard to find anything from independent sources. And the stuff produced by CAPP and Big Oil reminds me too much of the crap the tobacco industry spin machine flooded onto the marketplace when they were trying to convince us that smoking was a good thing.

Crude Sacrifice is the title of the film.

Onward
The Passenger

More videos about this subect:

To the Last Drop: Canada’s Dirty Oil Sands

Residents of one Canadian town are engaged in a David and Goliath-style battle over the dirtiest oil project ever known.

– Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61X4IQqnmd0

– Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8m5PFuYRSI

Oil Truth – Part 2: The Keystone XL Pipeline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVgVIK3K6Zg

Alberta Canada Toxic – VICE

Once pristine wilderness, Alberta is now a world of poisoned water, polluted air, and rare cancer. VICE travels to the oil sands of Canada to investigate the impact of digging for this previously unobtainable oil.

– part 1 of 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EHTyfVZDBM

– part 2 of 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzMe3ffLPj0

– couldn’t find part 3 yet.

 

UPDATE: Matt Palmer writes:

Pay Dirt

“I directed what many people feel is the most balanced film done on the oil sands, It was done in 2005 and aired on CBC in 2006.”

 

Anyone got more of this stuff?

Random Quote

And it ripples through the crowds Who run and cast their doubts In the deep forbidden lake.
by -- Neil Young

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