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Moving between a local microcosm and the global oil crisis, H2Oil weaves together a collection of compelling stories of people who are at the front lines of the biggest industrial project ... See full summary »



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Moving between a local microcosm and the global oil crisis, H2Oil weaves together a collection of compelling stories of people who are at the front lines of the biggest industrial project in human history: Canada's tar sands. H2Oil is a feature-length documentary that traces the wavering balance between the urgent need to protect and preserve fresh water resources and the mad clamoring to fill the global demand for oil. It is a film that asks: what is more important, water or oil? Will the quest for profit overshadow efforts to protect public health and the environment in Canada's richest province? Written by Loaded Pictures

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In Canada's richest province, the war for water has already begun.





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quite a downer.
10 August 2012 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a very depressing film. You see the gargantuan wealth and machinery behind the Alberta Tar Sands project. It is the biggest project of any kind on earth. You see the glitzy propaganda coming from big oil and the government of Alberta and the Harper government. You discover even the College of Physicians and Surgeons trying to shut down those who discovered water contaminated by the tar sands projects. You see the Ministry of the Environment shilling for big oil. There are a number of scenes of people trying to talk to government representatives and being given the run-around.

The message seems to be "You can't fight big oil. They have too much money. They have no conscience. They have bought everyone". You see little bands of natives vainly trying to get their water supplies cleaned up, while they drop like flies from cancer. You learn about how Canada has voluntarily surrendered its sovereignty to the USA in matters of energy and water, and apparently getting nothing in return.

But this is all so insane. Extracting each barrel emits three times the greenhouse gases of conventional crude. It is suicidal to continue pumping greenhouses gases that way, but Harper does not care. He is so excited by the money.

Some of the propaganda is amusing. One representative claims that stripping the forest is an "improvement". He further claims that stripping all the soil hundreds of meters down is also an "improvement", because the oil is removed, and someday the soil might be put back and trees replanted.

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