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Buffy Sainte-Marie on Tar Sands: ‘You’ve Got to Take This Seriously’

buffy-sainte-marie-no-gmoFolk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie is on Neil Young’s side when it comes to the tar sands in Alberta, Canada.

In an interview in Indian Country  Sainte-Marie tells writer David Ball:

“Almost a year ago I went to Fort McMurray (Alberta) and I was just devastated  with what’s going on there. Just devastated. I just told everybody I could:  ‘You’ve got to take this seriously.’ Even since I was there, other people have  really stepped forward in their own ways, Neil Young in particular. He’s caught  a lot of criticism because he didn’t involve me, Susan Aglukark or other Native  people. Neil came to the induction ceremony in Nashville, at the Musicians Hall  of Fame, and I told him I’d seen some of the criticism and not to listen to it  at all! Because it’s so important, it has to be everybody doing whatever they  can, whenever they can, and being effective at whatever level they can be. You  reach people your way, I do it my way and Neil does it his way. But people have  to see it.”

“Good for Neil for stepping up,” she said.

Sainte-Marie lives in Hawaii, maybe she is Neil and Poncho’s  neighbor.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/03/19/buffy-sainte-marie-tar-sands-youve-got-take-seriously-154085

 

 

 

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/03/19/buffy-sainte-marie-tar-sands-youve-got-take-seriously-154085

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?

Tar Sands: New Message from Neil

Neil Young is at it again in his battle against the tar sands of Alberta.

He posted this recently at http://www.neilyoung.com/

Harper’s Head Stuck in the Tar Sands

Earth-the-universe-22238243-2560-1600I was amazed to find that Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, my home country, has his head stuck in the tar sands of Alberta and has forgotten about his responsibilities to Canadians. Trans Canada, a company he backs, is actively pursuing the goal of crossing the United States with the Keystone Pipeline, a money maker for a chosen few that will cause incredible environmental damage. If it goes through it will be the shame of Canada, an environmental disaster that could have been stopped by responsibility and wisdom. It will not benefit America with energy or new jobs. The oil is for China and the world market, not the USA. With only 35 permanent jobs the added US employment is so small as to not even count.

In light of the United Nations concluding that Climate Change is definitely a result of man’s activities, I think it’s a good idea to learn as much as I can about it. One thing I did was visit http://www.keystonetruth.com/ to learn about the Keystone Pipeline and its direct relationship to Climate change. It’s very informative. If you are on the edge and might want to know more, then it’s a great place to go.

Neil Young 10/5/13

He’s a feeling arranger.

Monsanto Fires Back at Neil Young Over New Documentary

Seeding FearAn article in Rolling Stone dated July 24 is reporting that Monsanto has issued a statement regarding Neil Young’s new short film: “Seeding Fear,” an anti-GMO documentary featuring a farmer named Michael White.

According to Monsanto, as quoted in Rolling Stone:

“Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation,” a rep for the company tells Rolling Stone. “He actually admitted to knowingly planting, producing, saving, cleaning and selling Roundup Ready soybeans illegally. All of this information is available in court documents.

“Protecting patents and copyrights can be difficult in any business – including the entertainment industry,” the rep continues. “Mr. White’s actions are equivalent to pirating an album, producing thousands of copies and selling bootleg copies – all while knowing what you’re doing is illegal and that it will result in criminal charges if caught.”

The rep also referenced a LinkedIn blog by Monsanto’s chief technology officer, Robb Fraley, in which he responded to Young. “Here’s an invitation to establish that dialogue with Neil Young,” Fraley wrote. “I invite him to visit our company and talk with us about what we’re doing.” The rep also provided a link to another blog, hosted on the Monsanto website, titled “Correcting The Monsanto Years,” published earlier this month in response to the album Young put out this year, which attacks the company.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/monsanto-fires-back-at-neil-young-over-new-documentary-20150724#ixzz3hbnrmEGN

Thousands of Neil Young albums sell after duet with Fallon

<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-5864" src="http://www singulair allergy.bad-news-beat.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jimmy-Fallon-Neil.jpg” alt=”The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – Season 2″ width=”650″ height=”430″ srcset=”https://www.bad-news-beat.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jimmy-Fallon-Neil.jpg 650w, https://www.bad-news-beat.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jimmy-Fallon-Neil-300×198.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 650px) 100vw, 650px” />People are coughing up the bucks  for Neil Young’s album. No, not the latest “Storytone,” but instead his “Greatest Hits.”

Neil Young’s Jimmy Fallon appearance last week has driven sales of his ‘Greatest Hits’ by 4000 units and moved the album up to the no 84 spot on the Billboard chart, according to Billboard.

Neil Young performed his classic ‘Old Man’ with Jimmy Fallon impersonating Neil Young on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on February 4.

According to Billboard the Neil Young compilation, featuring ‘Old Man’, scored its highest chart ranking since 2005 and best one week sales since 2010.

Downloads for the single track of ‘Old Man’ also topped 9000 sales last week, giving the track its highest sales for a single week ever.

http://www.billboard.com/articles

 

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