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Film: The Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands

Posted by Humanist Hall on February 14, 2012as , , , , ,




Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm

The Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands

by Niobe Thompson and Tom Radford



The easy oil is gone. The age of the tar sands has begun. Yet as a pristine wilderness and a Native people are being wiped out to feed the world’s hunger for energy, what no one expected was for them to fight back. Through the story of a people forced to the brink and the revelation of what “dirty oil” will do to our environment, this immensely powerful documentary helps us to really understand the trade-offs we make for our energy as we approach the end of the age of oil.


This alarming documentary is a journey through the David and Goliath struggle playing out within the major environmental issue of our age. Stretching out across hundreds of miles, the Canadian tar sands are a barren wasteland, broken by smoking towers, silos, and the massive tailings ponds filled with toxic waste. For every barrel of bitumen you create a barrel and a half of waste that goes into those tailings ponds. The majority of them are leaking. The Alberta government has always maintained that toxins found in the Athabasca River occur naturally, with industry not compounding the problem. And Alberta’s tar sands industry is relentlessly expanding — being the USA’s biggest source of imported oil and pumping over $20 billion a year into the Canadian economy. Production is set to triple by 2020. The unique pictures in this shocking film reveal an otherworldly apocalyptic landscape and tell the tar sands definitive story.















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