Neil Young's Alberta oil sands blast lights up twittersphere

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24 Comments| January 13, 2014


Comments by Neil Young lit up the Twittersphere Monday after the Canadian rocker blasted Alberta’s energy sector. “It’s an embarrassment to Canadians,’’ he told a news conference at Toronto’s Massey Hall on Sunday.

“I want my grandchildren to grow up and see a blue sky and have dreams that their grandchildren are going to do great things. And I don’t see that in Canada. I see a government that is completely out of control.”

CBC talk show host Jian Ghomeshi posted a note of thanks on Twitter for the “overwhelming response” to his interview with Young on Monday.

“Canada is trading integrity for money,’’ said the 68-year-old singer and writer, who was scathing in his comments about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “hypocritical” administration, which he said is ignoring science to irresponsibly drive corporate profits.

“Money is number one. Integrity isn’t even on the map.”

Proceeds of Sunday’s concert were to be directed to fund the legal expenses of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, which is lives roughly 200 kilometres downstream from oil sands development and is embroiled in a legal battle to protect their traditional territory from further industrialization.

Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for Harper, countered that “projects are approved only when they are deemed safe for Canadians and (the) environment” and stressing that the resource sector creates “economic opportunities” and “high-wage jobs” for thousands of Canadians.

“Even the lifestyle of a rock star, relies, to some degree on the resources developed by thousands of hard working Canadians every day.” (With files from The Canadian Press)


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BlueEyes1234
This is how great of a man Neil is. Ya right!! What a hypocrit. Read this.... http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Editorial+Neil+Young+hypocrisy/9271248/story.html
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Orville12
The best hope for those who live in remote communities such as Fort Chip lies in resource development jobs - that is what is providing thousands of jobs in the area ( also jobs for Aboriginals from across Canada who presently live on Reserves where unemployment runs up to 70%) - there is nothing else like it available or that can come . Indeed, the oil sands are already the largest employer of native people. Chief Adam of the Athabasca band acknowledged that his community had seventeen compan...
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The best hope for those who live in remote communities such as Fort Chip lies in resource development jobs - that is what is providing thousands of jobs in the area ( also jobs for Aboriginals from across Canada who presently live on Reserves where unemployment runs up to 70%) - there is nothing else like it available or that can come . Indeed, the oil sands are already the largest employer of native people. Chief Adam of the Athabasca band acknowledged that his community had seventeen compan...
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damorsoft
Wonder how many Neil Young records the FN's have bought. I think of the Dixie chicks and how they poked their fans in the eye..
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llahsram
Neil --- I enjoy your music very much but ---did you "enjoy" your ride all the way up from sunny California in your "electric environmental" car?? Did you take the beaten path on gravel roads or did you enjoy the comfort of modern superhighways laid down with thousands of barrels of oit to make that pavement mix?? Did you recharge your car's battery with electricity that was not generated burning the earth's resource of coal oil or gas -- how did you do that?? Quit...
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RLChapman
You people are all missing his point, we are promoting the oil sands, where it takes 2 barrels of water to produce on litre of tar sands oil, plus all the emmissions causing pollution, i guess if you like dirty oil then go ahead and sit on your ass and do nothing while our control is taken over by big business who pretends to care about the environment but we all know the truth.
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barack
God bless Canada's tar pits. Our nations greatest achievement since the birth of our beloved son Don Cherry.
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jeep91
I wish these old hippies would just crawl under a rock and disappear......I guess his ELECTRIC car was made on Mars, since it could not possibly have been made as a result of oil products from Earth. Judging from that double or triple chin , I would hazard he does not subsist on plant products alone. Oh yes and, by the way, I am in my late sixties also.
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quintessence
Hippies and Royalty. Not much use for both.
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resourceinvestor2012
Big fan of Neil's music, but just wait until those opposed to oil and gas development (presumably in favour of wind and solar) clue in to the toxic waste associated with both of those industries. Imagine the rare-earth element demands from a world of wind turbines and all of the environmental damage that would be associated with the mining of those elements. Solar cells aren't made of sugar and spice either, so pick your poison. Bottom line, the problem isn't our energy sources, i...
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