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My good friend Andrew Barley is a huge Neil Young fan. He also happens to live in Fort McMurray and work in the energy sector. Here is what he had to say.


Disclaimer: if you're interested in winning friends and influencing people, don't do what I'm about to do.
Dear friends on both sides of the oilsands arguments, we all suck. If you aren't going to be objective in how you deal with the topic of environmental stewardship and the mining of oil, you should probably just stop talking about it. Yes, I get it, Neil young hurt your feelings or you applaud the things he's said. The good/bad news is that your emotions don't matter in the discussion. What
Source: Financial Post
matters is objective reasoning and sound science. People need to use FACTS not OPINIONS. Supporters of oilsands(I am one, for the record), you need to accept that there are LEGITIMATE concerns that HAVE to be addressed and stop shoving your fingers in your ears and singing lalala when faced with opposition(that response actually makes us look worse, not better). Anti-oilsands folks you need to drop the rhetoric and name calling and be open to the fact that oilsands companies ARE spending tons of money on r&d to improve environmental impact and until you are willing to commit to decreasing the DEMAND you create for oil the oilsands will continue to SUPPLY it.

I guess, in short, I'm just trying to say I'm sick of the useless back and forth. The passive aggressive rhetoric on Facebook will not do anything to make the world a better place. Be objective in your research...or start researching in the first place. We ALL need to be more open about the facts and act accordingly.

P.S. I don't agree with most of what Neil young said(tho he was incredibly accurate in other parts), but I'd also appreciate if people would stop acting like he can't have credibility because he's "just a musician". Noam Chomsky was "just a linguist" when he wrote some of the most credible books on politics ever written. A persons vocation does not limit their mind and ability to understand things. It hasn't limited mine and I doubt it's limited yours, though I'm starting to wonder about some of you.

I guess, in short, I'm just trying to say I'm sick of the useless back and forth. The passive aggressive rhetoric on Facebook will not do anything to make the world a better place. Be objective in your research...or start researching in the first place. We ALL need to be more open about the facts and act accordingly.

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