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Neil Young screens “Petropolis”

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A Greenpeace movie that Neil Young will present during the week’s concerts at Honor-The-Treaties. Neil said “Petropolis”  was “probably the most devastating thing you will ever see.”

A trailer and more info can be found here:

http://www.petropolis-film.com/#

Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler’s “Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands” offers an unparalleled view of the world’s largest industrial, capital and energy project.

Canada’s tar sands are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting the crude oil called bitumen from underneath unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort with far-reaching impacts on the land, air, water, and climate.

It’s an extraordinary spectacle, whose scope can only be understood from far above. In a hypnotic flight of image and sound, one machine’s perspective upon the choreography of others, suggests a dehumanized world where petroleum’s power is supreme.

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Neil Young benefit tour inspires First Nation member

Proceeds from 4 concerts go to Athabascan Chipewyan First Nation’s fight against oilsands expansion

By Angela Sterritt, CBC News Posted: Jan 12

Lionel Lepine used to be a heavy hauler for energy giant Suncor but decided to quit his job after he began reassessing the impact that the oilsands industry had on his First Nations community and the environment.

Lionel Lepinesays watching Neil Young from his front row seats at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina next Friday will be a dream come true.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation member and aspiring guitar player is on his way to Regina to see the rock legend perform on Jan. 17. The concert is part of Young’s Honour the Treaties tour, the proceeds of which will go toward the First Nation’s legal battle against the expansion of the Jackpine Mine oilsands project. Neil Young is holding four concerts to benefit the legal fight against oilsands development affecting the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

“For him to do this concert for my people, well not many other musicians would do a show like this, but he sees that there’s a big problem going on down there in the tarsands,” Lepine said.

Young visited the oilsands just outside of Fort McMurray last year, and after being shocked by the image of the vast crater-like impact of the oilsands on the land — an image he compared to the landscape of Hiroshima after it was hit by a nuclear bomb in 1945 — he decided to take action.

The Canadian rocker is now holding four benefit concerts in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and its fight against further oilsands development. The expansion of Shell Canada’s Jackpine Mine was approved by regulators last month.

A difficult decision

Lepine says he hopes concertgoers will get the message the First Nation is trying to send out. “Look at industry and what all the companies have done so far, which is only about 10 per cent of what they are going to do,” he said. “Some call it the smell of money, but I call it the smell of death. This is what’s killing the environment, but it’s also killing us as human beings, and Neil Young noticed that right away.”

read all: cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/neil-young-benefit-tour-inspires-first-nation-member-1.2493525?cmp=rss

Neil Young Set List: 2014-01-12, Honor The Treaties Benefit, Massey Hall, Toronto

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Neil added Pocahontas to tonight’s setlist in Ontario and changed the lyrics to “Stephen Harper, Pocahontas, and me.” For the video of Neil at the press conference earlier today:: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/neil-young-blasts-harper-government-allowing-oilsands-development-192437390.html

2014-01-12
Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Honor The Treaties Benefit
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1. From Hank To Hendrix  (acoustic guitar)
2. On The Way Home  (acoustic guitar)
3. Helpless  (acoustic guitar)
4. Love In Mind  (piano)
5. Mellow My Mind  (banjo)
6. Are You Ready For The Country?  (piano)
7. Someday  (piano)
8. Changes  (acoustic guitar)
9. Harvest  (acoustic guitar)
10. Old Man  (acoustic guitar)
11. A Man Needs A Maid  (piano/synthesizer)
12. Ohio  (acoustic guitar)
13. Southern Man  (acoustic guitar)
14. Mr. Soul  (pump organ)
15. Pocahontas  (pump organ)
16. After The Gold Rush  (piano)
17. Journey Through The Past  (piano)
18. Needle Of Death  (acoustic guitar)
19. Heart Of Gold  (acoustic guitar)
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20. Comes A Time  (acoustic guitar)
21. Long May You Run  (acoustic guitar)

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Neil Young speaking to reporters before his Massey Hall concert

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Neil Young said he supports First Nations in their fight against expanding oilsands projects because of their destructive impact on the environment.

“I see a government completely out of control, and money is number one. Integrity isn’t even on the map,” he said.

Young said he toured one of 50 oilsands sites with his son and was shocked at “the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. It`s the greediest, most destructive and most disrespectful demonstration of something that has run amok.”

More links to the Jackpine pipeline: CBC.ca/…/neil-young-launches-fundraising-tour…

Neil continues criticism of KeystoneXL at Farm Aid

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Rocker Neil Young continues criticism of Keystone XL at Farm-Aid

Joe Pavia Sep 21, 2013 03:42:22 PM

Neil Young is continuing his verbal assault on the Alberta oilsands.

Young called the oil the dirtiest in the world this weekend at the annual Farm-Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

He touched on Fort McMurray while telling a story about a cross-country drive he took in his electric car, bringing up the subject in support of farmers on the front line of climate change.

“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now?’” he said. “This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”

“The reason I am talking about that ugly situation is because the farmers again are the solution to the problem.”

Earlier this month, Young compared Fort McMurray to post-apocalyptic Hiroshima.
“They have the dirtiest oil in the world, where the Keystone pipeline is going to originate and cut through our country through our back lawns and through our farms all the way to a free trade zone in Port Arthur, Texas,” Young said.

Premier Alison Redford recently dismissed Young’s criticism, along with those of actor Robert Redford this month, saying it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone and that we need to have a conversation on facts.
“I’ve really got to question how people who are using energy flying on planes can make these sorts of comments and assume that they are going to have any credibility,” Redford said Tuesday.

Young called the oil the dirtiest in the world this weekend at the annual Farm-Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

He touched on Fort McMurray while telling a story about a cross-country drive he took in his electric car, bringing up the subject in support of farmers on the front line of climate change.

“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now?’” he said. “This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”

 

Random Quote

Indeed, \\\"Fuckin\\\' Up\\\" (the best track on Young\\\'s much-ballyhooed \\\"Ragged Glory\\\") is more than a great song; it\\\'s a lifestyle choice.
by Shannon Zimmerman; Salon, 20 August 2003.

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