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Witness - To The Last Drop

Environment  (tags: Witness, To The Last Drop, Aljazeera, Canada, Alberta, Tar Sands, dirty oil, cancer, Fort Chipewyan, oil sands, USA, First Nations )

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A Faustian pact with the American energy consumer, the Canadian Gov't is doing everything it can to protect the dirtiest oil project ever known. Fort Chipewyan has experienced spike in cancer & dire studies have revealed the true consequences of dirty oil

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Cher C (1429)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:22 am

Thnx for posting sweetie!


Sheryl G (363)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:30 am
This is a well made film, it is 45 minutes in length but I feel a very important 45 minutes to take.

If you want to know what is in store for more people watch this. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We also need to stand up for our brothers and sisters on the front lines.

This is international issue, I can't stress again how much this film impacted me, and I already cared. Above is the first part.

Part 2 below:
Part 2 of To The Last Drop

Kit B (276)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:23 am

Others over time have said it much better than I:

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. ~Henry David Thoreau

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. ~Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923** My profile quote!

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed. ~Mohandas K. Gandhi

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. ~Robert Orben

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? ~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes! ~Paul MacCready, Jr.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:55 am
it seems like water gives life
and dirty oil takes it away
thanks for the article, The Proverb Kit mentions is actually a quote from Chief Seattle.
Sickening that we do this to the earth and the oceans,they just penalized BP for the oil spill in the gulf,but countless lifeforms have died,are sick and or still suffering devastation, just got an email about sick dolphin
really bummed after so many in Baja,with their young swimming alongside the mother.


Rose Becke (141)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:31 pm
It is sickening what we do to mother earth Thanks Dandelion

Liliana D (125)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:47 pm
omg ..... something should be done to show solidarity with this people
thank you for the post Dandelion, I will send the link to all people I know so they will be aware

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 2:13 pm
I agree Rose, this is truly sickening! Thanks Kit, that is spot on! Thanks for posting Sheryl - really scary!

Barb K (1688)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 2:22 pm
So sadistic to force Canada to stoop so low. Sad. Thnx Dandie....

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 3:16 pm
I don't think Canada is really being forced in this direction. It's leadership seems to be very happy with the money it is bringing in. Is said the amount of oil is more than all of the middle east put together. That is BIG money, so I do not feel much arm twisting needs to be done.

We certainly create the demand, so we have our part, we need an Administration that is serious about going green we do not have that, we wouldn't of had it with the other Party either had it won. Not enough Americans will vote for the Green Party or the Justice Party that I voted for, where both those Parties were serious about getting us off of all fossil fuels asap.

What we don't buy China is in the ready, is why they want our processing plants in Louisianna to turn this sandy oil into what can be used, then the ships to China will be at our shores shipping it to China. It's a big money for a few investors, they will not back off of this easily. But we have to see, that where they make money, many people are going to pay a high price for this. I thought it was urgent that this film be shown so that people all over know of it.

This is the dirtiest fuel going, it will add more pollution into the air, it takes a lot of water to process, it requires a lot of energy just to turn it into a useable fuel. This is unique eco system where it is coming from, all will eventually be destroyed. One can never get back exactly what was there by planting some grass and throwing a few bison on it. What is the cost to all those people getting cancer? How about the land being taken from people that the pipeline goes over? No consideration or respect for anyone nor anything is given. This is a nightmare in the making and it is not going away, we need world pressure on this one.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:11 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:21 pm
typo: Texas not Lousianna. I thank all those who take the time to watch this. I thought it really gave a good view on many aspects about this.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:04 pm
Indian people from Canada, supported by many Canadian activists are blocking pipelines and ports to stop export of oil. I don't have a list of current actions at hand, but you can find them by goggling "Klamath", "north pipeline", "enbridge" combined with names of Canadian and US environment protection organizations ...

Also, visit Warrior Publications site to follow the activities on the ground.

Arthur S (88)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:36 pm
Dandelion. THIS IS POWERFUL and I have to forward. As far as all of the other petitions I will take care of and make sure friends do as well. This is important for the WORLD.

Why don't more people take care of this?? Thank you so much for your hard work and for trying to make a the change. I feel inspired by you!

Robert O (12)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:47 am
Thanks Dandelion.

Ben O (171)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:18 am
Mother Earth is crying;
-Won't someone help me please...
Can't You see I'm dying
from this dreadful disease!

P A (117)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:16 am
Green stars to everyone I could - what a heartbreaking and true film - the Canadians MUST get right of Harper and his awful cohorts to try and stop this!!

We should be investing in green energies - they don't give people cancer!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:34 am
On behalf of the Norwegian people I can only say that we are sorry for the destruction caused to the Canadian Natives and the rest of the people affected by this.The reason for my appology is that the Norwegian Stateowned oilcompany Statoil - among the 20 biggest oilcompanies in the world - is taking part in this exploration of tarsand-oil in Canada and also in other parts of the world.Statoil is owned 67% by the Norwegian State which I'm a part of and it hurts to see what ways they are making money for me and the rest of the Norwegian people.WWF in Norway are well aware of this and are trying their best to stop it and I will promise all of you that I will look further into the situation.Unfortunately even if Statoil leaves there are more than enough privatly owned oilcompanies willing to buy out Statoil.
Thanks for posting this Sheryl,at least for me it was an eyeopener.

Kenneth L (314)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:44 am
Excellent movie, thanks Dandelion. Unfortunately the Prime Minister of Canada, Harper, is all for the tar sands development, and the pipelines, and shipping it to China and the U.S., and has targeted environmental groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation and basically all others to discredit all of them, as well has introduced legislation to limit what environmentalists or naysayers can input regarding environmental decisions, as well as to speed environmental permits and processes through. Also, the Premier of Alberta, Clarke, is all for the tar sands too. Money, money, money you know.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday November 30, 2012, 6:21 am
Thanking those who took the time to watch this, as Arthur so stated, Powerful film. I know so many of us feel so very helpless in the weight of it all, but I'm a firm believer that knowledge is power. If people are unaware of what is happening to some First Nations people out in the middle of nowhere, how can they help? If people do not fully see what this project is doing overall, why would they speak out, they have no idea.

I believe in the power and the energy of every individual upon this earth. That one of us alone against the giants has little chance, but one person still has power as seen by individuals who have stood up against Monsanto, as did a farmer Percy Schmeiser and his wife Louise. That our voices and actions as a collective become strong. I also believe that in all humans we are capable of thinking of ways to stand up to these giants. What I may not think of someone else will. But again, if people are not aware, they can do nothing. The first step is education and when I find films that in a short time bring much information forward I share.

Arild that you state this is an eyeopener is what I mean, and as one person you have said you will do as you can. I know even if Norway pulls out there will be others there, but it will be one less. The sad thing is we don't have to be digging in the sands, we could be building wind mills, solar panals, recycling more, conserving more, a host of new things and old are available to us, this is so not necessary.

One of the readers who contacted me behind the scenes, who I'll not mention a name unless they want to claim it on here, or even leave on here what they wrote, but this sentence jumped out at me, " it seems to me that the fact that the people suffering mostly from this vicious behaviour are the First Nations Peoples - who are sadly disparate in geographic location, and thus don't have a strong political voice - is one of the reasons why these SOBs are getting away with poisoning the population there and giving them horrible cancers!"

I'm sure each of us will have our own unique ways of moving forward on this. I'll leave below the links to Canada and it's Officials if anyone wants to try contacting them via that, at least we can express our dismay at the very least. It is true Kenneth, it's all about the money, at the expense of everyone and everything. But we just can't roll over and play dead. We must join the voices with those who are already speaking out, and that includes the First Nations who are already doing so.

Contact the Canadian Government

Past Member (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 8:20 am
Posted these two videos on facebook! Spread the knowledge. Thanks for posting Dandelion xx

Caitlin M (104)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:12 am
Unfortunately, computer troubles keep me from watching any films/videos right now, but I'll keep the link for a better day. I think Canada's conservative government is leading it in the direction of the good ol' USA's greed and elitism. That's a real shame. Canada used to be a gentler, kinder nation. Can't blame them for wanting to have a successful society but too bad it may eventually kill off the human race. That's what is USA's decision right now, too.

Like Dandelion, I, too, voted for a third party, not because I don't like Barack Obama, but because he's already made some decisions that I find important. One of those decisions was in just kicking the can down the road as regards the pipeline, instead of saying an absolute NO to it. I think he needs to hear from each and every one of us directly (by White House phone 202-456-1111 or by about the decisions we want him to make. I think he will listen when the numbers show him what we want... as opposed to Rmoney, who wouldn't respond to anyone but Norquist, et al.

Thanks, Dandelion. Important info as usual.

Michael M (60)
Friday November 30, 2012, 10:03 am
Thank you Dandelion, for your posts and comments which reilluminate the toll on the innocent people of that area. Their suffering and their tale, and the warning implicit for all, has not had sufficient exposure or response.

I apologise, Caitlin, but Canada has not just been led in that direction of greed and elitism, but it has instead had a long history, since the Hudson's Bay Company and other Crown-supported exploitation. It merely shares the same culture, the same beliefs, the same mind.

The renewing rain here gives time to watch now, as winter always has given traditional societies time to reflect and learn and improve their ways. I wish this opportunity for all.

Michael M (60)
Friday November 30, 2012, 10:16 am
", , , And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?"

William Blake

Petra M (259)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:44 pm
Thanks Dandelion!

Terry V (30)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:12 pm

Earth Cry

Planet Earth is Dying

Eve of Destruction

P A (117)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 12:40 am
Thanks for this Dandelion - I have listened to and watched 'To the Last Drop' with both fascination and HORROR - the pollution and illness caused by the Tar Sands is appalling - and it seems to me that the fact that the people suffering mostly from this vicious behaviour are the First Nations Peoples - who are sadly disparate in geographic location, and thus don't have a strong political voice - is one of the reasons why these SOBs are getting away with poisoning the population there and giving them horrible cancers! (sorry - one sentence but I am too tired to sort it out). I do hope the First Nations Peoples unite and get their message heard on the internet - it seems their only hope!

May God bless and protect those brave scientists and doctors risking their livelihoods - and possibly their lives - to fight this awfulness and tell the truth. Professor Schindler (sp?) is right when he says that making a muddle of voices saying different things is a STANDARD CORPORATE TACTIC to stall reform! I too have seen such tactics triumph so many times in my life - and this is too much!

Oh this makes me so angry I can barely speak!

Arthur S (88)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 12:59 am
Ben/Terry thank you for the live video links...Powerful and thank you!

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:58 am
Thank you Pat for having placed your words on here, didn't want to acknowledge without your permission, but I did feel you made a strong and accurate statement. I too am appreciative for what Ben, Terry, and Jelica offered. I did not get a chance to look at all the hotlinks until this morning, been trying to keep up with the Pe' Sla event and we have good news, the Great Plains Tribes have it back under their control again. Tasunka made a call to Rosebud Sioux office and they confirmed a closing.

john byrne (50)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 6:25 am

having travelled from the shores of Vancouver as far north as Yellow knife it is a feeling of sadness & great worry to see machines like great robotic zombies ripping the soul of the land to shreds & reducing it to a no more than a rag doll. oh what sadnes for the indiginous people who have cared for mother earth through the ages, what hearbreak for the loved ones destroyed by mans inhumanity to his fellow travellers on this planet,what a blight on Canada & ts people now & in time to come, for the government to surrender your heritage to the $ is something that must be fought to the last drop & last ounce of reason. as always thanks Dandelion my thoughts & prayers are side by side with you.john

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 6:25 am
For what are you apologizing, Michael? Did you think I was saying that the US was doing the leading? I don't quite understand your sense of insult (if that's what the apology is about). I thought I was just saying that both the US and Canada used to have a seemingly kinder and gentler society but that both have turned to greed, apparently, as the major motivator. You'll notice that I said it was Canada's conservative government now leading the charge toward greed--not the US. If more of us, no matter what country, could work together to bring compassion and acceptance into our governments and our societies, I think we'd have a better chance at survival as a species. Perhaps my stand against the pipeline and its effects upon people--all peoples--was lost in a side point. My apologies for that.

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 6:44 am
Thanks very much for the green star, Pat. Right back at you! I agree that the First Peoples' lack of a power bloc due to their separation from each other geographically is one reason they can be exploited in this way. I believe it is also true that all of us have been exploited by the unconscionable tactics used by those in power, from the stupid "pledge" tactic of Norquist to the use of disparaging terms toward our President by the Rove-types in the USA. Politics is just another word for mind-games, it seems to me. And they're succeeding in making a lot of us as angry as you are about the injustices of all these greedy choices. Thank you for expressing it so well... even if you were tired.

lee e (114)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 7:27 am
I'm so touched by this film!! Thanks to you Dandelion and so many others who shared -- the greed of big oil companies has been hitting the neediest people on the earth, the indigenous peoples of North America, those in Africa, and Mexico, as well as Alaska the same peoples who have taken the most efforts to preserve the lands they live on --- now it only spreads to the rest of the world as the demand for energy and the greed of supplying that demand throws caution and science to the wind!
The power and wealth of those companies are manipulating policy and controlling governments around the world with false sciencs and false claiims of financial benefits at the expense of environment, and human as well as wildlfe! One would think that these same profiteers would have concerns for their own "tribe" -
are there no children or families of their own that would create concern and doubt as to the "satanic mills" they are living off of? They too will not be exempt from the terror of their ways, this is moving to NY and PA the president has said that he will use these "natural" supplies as a segue to energy independence - he isn't speaking on behalf of the people, but on behalf of those who have filled the coffers of his campaign -- I hope those leaders who cannot run again will find the strength to stand against such power, recognizing they have nothing to lose, and pave the way to world preservation!
The individual oil companies have more wealth than several nations together - that is power -- that must end with the collective voice of all!

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 7:36 am
Thank you Lee, that is why I didn't vote for either major Party, for neither of them are doing right by the people nor the environment. Both are in the pockets of those who will eventually destroy us. There are times when must take a bold stand, some of us did by voting for the Justice Party or the Green Party, but too many clung to the Parties that have gotten us into this mess and are forging onwards despite the crumbs they throw our way to placate us.

Kenneth L (314)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:41 am
You might say Alberta, the province where the tarsands are situated, is like Texas in the U.S. Loves Big Oil, runs on Big Oil, and thinks Big Oil.

Laurie H (817)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 6:17 pm
Thank you again Dandelion! Big Oil is spreading it's ugliness far and wide---we cannot and should not allow this to happen to our precious environment, taking away all that is important and beautiful. Wealth and money speak loud=power and control. There simply HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!~

Krystal R (120)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 7:33 pm
We Have To do everything to get this thing stopped, and they are using this thing to kill all the wolves, even ... Its a poison in more ways then one... UTMOST importance.. trying to gather org's to work with us, if we all work together we will be a force that maybe we might have enough of a voice to back the resisitance up. THEY NEED HELP UP THERE ..before its too late... :(

Arthur S (88)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 11:07 pm
Kenneth when I see your commets as well as Dandelion pay attentiion., I have to give Dandelion the most knowledge with out a slam an another. I am shocked. But I was taught to be INTELLENGENT as well as aware.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday December 3, 2012, 4:34 pm
Watched & noted w/thanks, Dandelion.

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:53 pm

. (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:28 am
Man's actions worse by the day, the economic interest is devastating our poor planet.
Most defenseless: animals and poor or indigenous peoples are too often overwhelmed and wiped off the face of the earth, in the name of money God.
Unfortunately, the economic power has no limits against poverty and silence, corruption can now do whatever he wants.
Our strength is the only information and knowledge, if we scream all at once "perhaps" the politicians will be forced to listen.
I'm really sad, scary and angry
thank you Dandelio great video sharing - ty also to Sara for the fw

Animae C (516)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:58 pm
GREED, humanity's greatest delusion.
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