|Starring:||Alan Adam, Cathy Gratz, Aaron Mathers, Dr. John O'Connor, George Poitras|
|Run time:||1 hour 16 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Feb 2011|
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H2Oil 2010By andycox (2 reviews) from Radstock , 28 Nov 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]You know, when you see a documentary like this; a grim slice of contemporary reality that provokes gloom, anger and desperation; you really have to ask yourself why this is happening. And the more you look into it; the more honest you are in your pursuit of the truth; the more likely is it that youll arrive at the undeniable conclusion that something like the tragedy of the Canadian tar sands can only be explained by reference to the manner in which humanity as a whole goes about producing all goods and services. Forget all that nonsense about mankind being intrinsically evil or hell bent on self destruction. What really lies behind this, and nearly all other environmental catastrophes, is the simple fact that goods and services are produced with a view to being sold so as to realise maximum profit. That entails minimising expenditure and maximising revenue; a shockingly simple matter of accountancy. But to ignore this axiom by, say, acting responsible in relation to the environment is to run the risk of going to the wall. Likewise, deigning to pursue growth at any cost will put one at a disadvantage vis-à-vis less scrupulous operators. No matter what a particular regime claims to be, this is the reality everywhere on this planet, and this reality has a name: Capitalism. (For more on this, see my http://andycox1953.webs.com/). What H2Oil sadly fails to demonstrate, as it were, is how this system itself accounts for what is happening. Instead, we are presented with a number David and Goliath scenarios told from the perspective of the underdog. Well, of course, we are sympathetic to the native peoples plight in their rapidly degrading landscape, and of course, the spectacle of Canada being shafted by the US in the matters of assured supplies and price elicits more than a touch of cynicism. However, unlike surface mining the Albertan wilderness, surface mining the truth is unlikely to pay dividends.
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Ones lavish lifestyle is others miseryBy Vomc (1 review) , 06 Sep 2011Moved by H20il - documentary. Ones lavish lifestyle is others misery unwraping wrath of nature. Avowed to myself to reduce my dependence on oil as much as I can
Very interesting, another wake up callBy Anniegetyogun (116 reviews) from Down South , 02 May 2011Essential viewing really. I'd read but never seen the extent of the Canadian tar sands before - 'the biggest industrial project the world has ever seen'. And to hear the statistics of how much water it uses, how much carbon is released from tree loss and heating the water to decontaminate the sands. Never mind the rocketing cases of cancer, meercats with nosebleeds, illness in beavers, moose and fish with cysts. And that it is pretty much all going to the US for peanuts with the Canadians having little control......!!
H20il 2010 Should be watched by allBy Ellscore (6 reviews) from Upminster , 30 Apr 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideHaving watched this short documentary I am asking myself questions that before I did not think applied directly to myself. We are all fully in the middle of a world that considers economic prosperity more important than the health of our people and planet. This film really highlights that fact.
I agree with an earlier comment that this film follows an agenda and does not delve wholly into the science behind the excavation of oil but if it did it would turn into a textbook type film which wouldn't be very thought provoking or purposeful.
I really cannot recommend enough that you should watch H2Oil.
H2Oil DVDBy a customer from Bristol , 26 Mar 2011I had heard of the Tar Sands activity in Canada but never realised that Canada is effectively killing its own indigenous people and destroying the natural environment to produce oil. It is absolutely criminal and this is a brilliant documentary that explains the scale of this project. It is environmental devastation on a colossal scale.
Watch it, and then stop buying plastic crap from superstores and start using less oil in your car and every other area in your life to reduce the demand for oil. We're all part of the problem.
misses the bigger pictureBy a customer from Northwest UK , 22 Mar 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI was hoping this documentary would provide an insight into the production, manufacture and impact this oil would have on the US and Canada (as well as beyond..), seeing as not a great deal has been told about its processes and how Canada is in the unique position it finds itself and where it might lead. It didn't. Instead we found the same 'man has to get over its consumerist ways, man' depiction of our reliance on oil (which is pretty ghastly, but unavoidable in the near term). None of this should detract from the disgraceful way the govt has acted towards its people, nor the clearly dangerous disregard for its own environment..oh, and its comedy bargaining, but...
In what world would a nation not seek to extract the 200 billiion barrels of oil from its land? No-one is going to halt its progress, it would be daft to do so, provided they clean up their act. The documentary was wholly naive and one-sided in wholeheartedly taking the side of locals, whilst depicting the benefits (tax revenues, energy provision, general prosperity of an entire country) solely as fat cat gluttony, without consideration as to how it might be important for the nation's advancement. Same old hippy posturing ruins the debate once again!! Instantly rubbishing a source that disagrees, expecting us to place our trust in their source (which conforms exactly to their agenda).
The supposed subject (over use and depletion of water in the area and its effects on drinking water in the country) felt like an aside and was covered in 15 minutes max (provided by 2 people who ran a local water bottling business, ruined by big oil - - objectivity!!! - and a tale of how glaciers over the past 30 years had reduced - which felt like a direct charge brought againgst the oil companies). Then back to the locals. No stats, or evidence on how much is being used and at what rate, what the implications are for drinking water in Canada over the next 100 years or so and whether it is wise at all to be using such potentially scarce resources for extraction (alternatives etc). Just anecdotes to sad music and people crying into an empty well because their business was going down the pan..which, despite all the 'but now i don't know if i want to use the precious resource, nature's bounty, for my own selfish gain' is still trading.
Sorry if this spoils any part of this for you, but it really grates that an interesting subject (probably of greater concern than most others over the coming 30 years) is brushed over for the sake of jostick-infused righteousness and moral high ground. It is horrible what has happened to the natives of the land and I hope they sue the arse off the govt, but it is ludicrous to think production and the future propserity of Canada will be (or moreover should be) halted for a few..
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