Here is a very good analysis of the Neil Young debate on the tar sands. Sometimes you have to look past the rhetoric to see what is really going on, and what is really going on is going to cause us trouble for a long time.
“Take a second to really look at what you hear.” – NeilYoung, singer/songwriter
Neil Young knows how to rile up a crowd. In a 15 minute press conference* to kick off his Honour the Treaties Tour with Diana Krall he said some things that sent Big Oil and a number of Canadians into orbit. Some of these guys are well past Pluto and show no signs of coming back!
Unlike other eco-celebrities like James Cameron, Robert Redford and Darryl Hannah, Mr Young’s comments can’t be dismissed with a disdainful wave of the hand…because he’s right.
What Neil Young really said
Leaving aside his comparison of the oil sands with Hiroshima (which isn’t that far off) Mr Young’s point is this: Canada traded its integrity for money in the headlong rush to develop the oil sands.
The Canadian government broke its promise (enshrined in section 35…
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