Over a Barrel, Canadian documentary preview

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The filmmakers behind this  documentary decided to have a free preview period until October 31 to get the word out. After that, it will be paywalled ($4.99).

From IMDb:
Over a Barrel is a short political documentary about the work of Vivian Krause, and the questions she raises regarding U.S foundations funding activism against the Canadian oil and gas industry. The supposed goal of this “Tar Sands Campaign”, funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and other U.S. charitable foundations, is to fight pipeline approvals in Canada and stop Canadian oil from reaching overseas markets. We focus on the negative consequences this has had on the Alberta economy, First Nations communities and the rising threat of western separatism.

https://youtu.be/NPax7r7Kv2c

From their Youtube description:

Donation Page: http://bit.ly/2pqUKfd

Firstly, we’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to the production of the film, attended the screenings, purchased online, and otherwise supported Over a Barrel. Since the very first screening, the reception of the film has been, quite frankly, overwhelming and very encouraging.

As a filmmaker, releasing your work to the world is exciting and terrifying all at once. No film is ever perfect, it is only finished enough to show the world. Our team undertook a demanding, self-imposed deadline because this story is important. The delivery schedule prohibited us from going the traditional route of selling our film to a network or distributor. As a filmmaker, producing and distributing films is a business and a livelihood. This is the reason we chose to impose a nominal fee of $4.99 for the sale of the documentary online.

Many viewers gladly paid the price of a latte to view the film. At the same time, both Vivian and I have been inundated by pleas for the film to be made freely available. It is an unfortunate reality of filmmaking today that, with the advent of VOD platforms (Netflix, Amazon, Crave, etc.) and YouTube, the default expectation is free content. Artists will eternally struggle with the dilemma of getting paid vs. getting exposure. Do we think the film will be viewed more by making it free? Perhaps. Or, perhaps by removing the cost, the film will be seen as less valuable. Time will tell.

In what we hope is an agreeable compromise, Vivian and I have agreed to make the film freely available on Facebook and YouTube until October 31, 2019. If you’ve found this film valuable, worthwhile, or are simply supportive of the message, we’d ask that you kindly share your appreciation by contributing on the page at the top of this post.

HT/Steve B

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46 thoughts on “Over a Barrel, Canadian documentary preview

  1. https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/vivian-krause-obama-wasnt-the-only-american-interfering-in-the-canadian-election#comments-area

    Canadians should be grateful to Vivian Krause. She has identified about $600 million in mostly-USA money that has been used to support the deceitful anti-pipeline movement, and that has cost Canada over $120 BILLION in lost revenues.

    THE ANTI-PIPELINE SCAM WAS NEVER ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT – pipelines are cheaper and safer than other means of moving oil, like oil tanker and rail. If the proposed pipelines had been completed to the West and East Coasts, oil tanker traffic on both coasts would hugely DECREASE.

    – Now, foreign oil tankers sail through the narrow passages south of Vancouver Island to supply the large refineries of Washington state, and those refineries would be supplied with pipelined Canadian crude.

    – Now, oil tankers sail up the St. Lawrence River to refineries at Levis and Montreal, and also supply the huge Irving refinery at St. John, NB. The Trudeau-cancelled Energy East pipeline would have provided them with cheaper, safer Canadian crude. Several credible people have stated that the Montreal tanker route is the main import route for illegal drugs into the USA, and that is why Quebec politicians oppose pipelines. Quebec politicians have a long history of taking bribes from organized crime. Quelle surprise!

    • I wonder how many academic positions at the university of Calgary or Alberta they fund to beat the drum.. err.. to train future generations.. for Canada, of course.

      Lots of hysteria from that culture, but no realism. At the end of the day, we reap what we sow.

    • I found the emphasis on what anti-pipeline, and anti-farmed salmon, have done to Native First Nations People’s particularly sad. The big $$ US “Foundations” come in and USE the First Nations People’s as props to propagate their propaganda … then leave. In their wake – unemployment, drugs, and misery for First Nations. The Tides Foundation might as well be handing out smallpox blankets of leftist ignorance and deception.

      I found it particularly informational to learn that First People’s have always USED the environment to sustain their lives. Horrible Native exploitation of the environment such as: killing and eating animals. Wearing animal skins. Cutting trees for lodge houses. Ohhh mammma … the horror, the horror!

      So why should the First People’s allow another steel rail to cross their lands!? “Pipelines are only good for the white man, and will only bring death and destruction to Native People’s”. So goes the leftist FAKE eco narrative. Well … enjoy the decline. Enjoy your regression back in time … to when life expectancies were in the 40’s (if you were lucky). Now life expectancy is in the 30’s due to drugs, alcohol, and idle misery. Thanks US $Foundations$! For using and discarding First Nations People’s like the trash YOU are.

    • And here in Whatcom county, in Washington state, the county council super majority leftists hired an activist law firm to write up new land use policies to eventually shut down our two refineries (Phillips 66 and BP). Death by a thousand cuts, these changes are not voted in yet and our election in November may tip the balance if we are fortunate.

  2. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/14/hypothesis-radical-greens-are-the-great-killers-of-our-age/#comment-2687778

    The anti-pipeline fraudsters have cost Alberta and Canada about $120 billion in lost oil revenues. That is a huge loss for a country of only ~35 million people.

    Imagine all the good that money could have done – instead it was lost, forever, through the actions of scoundrels.

    Alberta and Canada also lost about 200,000 jobs.

    Vivian Krause identifies the perpetrators.
    https://calgarysun.com/opinion/vivian-krause-rachel-notley-the-rockefellers-and-albertas-landlocked-oil/

  3. Good for Vivian Krause. This whole who’s funding the loonies all over the world question seems to be commonly including either Soros or Rockefeller. Pipelines, properly designed and constructed, are very safe transport routes for crude oil. They are, however, targets for environmental sabotaje. It is amazing how much of both corporate and public security costs are consumed trying to stop environmental sabotaje, wherein the intent is to draw attention to their cause by providing an environmental disaster, so they can say see I told you so. Good luck to Alberta!

    • You are correct about pipelines being targets. The Line 5 pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinaw was targeted by 350.org/Bill McKibben years ago and the state AG is seeking its closure.

      More people have died due to the Mackinaw Bridge than the pipeline and the only spill from anything running underwater across the straits was from a phone cable when hit by an anchor strike. Nobody cared about the phone cable.

  4. The Athabasca Tar Sands is one of the largest natural oil spills in the world. The oil industry is actually trying to clean it up!

    • Jimmy wrote:
      “The Athabasca Tar Sands is one of the largest natural oil spills in the world. The oil industry is actually trying to clean it up!”

      That is correct, thank you Jimmy. The surface-mineable oilsands outcrop on the banks of the Athabasca River, and early explorers described that on hot days, the bitumen would ooze down the slopes into the river. The surface mines have minimized that river contamination by mining out those slopes.

      THE FUR TRADE AND ALBERTA’S OIL SANDS
      http://history.alberta.ca/energyheritage/sands/origins/the-fur-trade-and-albertas-oil-sands/default.aspx

      Although the oil sands have now become an essential economic commodity, they were little more than a curiosity to the fur traders who made the first records of the resource.

      The earliest record of this resource occurred in 1715 when James Knight, Chief Factor at the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) post at York Factory on Hudson Bay, received reports from Thanadelthur, a Chipewyan woman, of a large river far inland to the west into which a tarry substance flowed. Knight made note of this in his post journal:

      “Before they went I had some Discourse at the Great River it runs into the Sea on the Back of this Country & they tell us there is a Certain Gum or pitch that runs down the river in Such abundance that they cannot land but at certain places.”

      Several years later, a Cree named Wa-Pa-Su (meaning “the Swan”) offered a sample of oil sands to fur trader Henry Kelsey, making him the first European recorded as having seen oil sands for himself. It was decades, however, before Euro-Canadians directly observed northern Alberta’s oil sands.

      In the 1770s, Peter Pond, the intrepid explorer and trader, penetrated the Athabasca watershed in his search for new sources of animal pelts. Pond’s trailblazing journey over the winter of 1778-1779 revealed an enormously productive field for furs and a lucrative centre for trade with First Nations. Encouraged by Pond’s success, other traders followed him into the Athabasca territory in succeeding years.
      __________________________

      In Canada, the First Nation peoples had used bitumen from seeps along the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers to waterproof their birch bark canoes from early prehistoric times. The Canadian oil sands first became known to Europeans in 1719 when a Cree native named Wa-Pa-Su brought a sample to Hudsons Bay Company fur trader Henry Kelsey, who commented on it in his journals. Fur trader Peter Pond paddled down the Clearwater River to Athabasca in 1778, saw the deposits and wrote of “springs of bitumen that flow along the ground.” In 1787, fur trader and explorer Alexander MacKenzie on his way to the Arctic Ocean saw the Athabasca oil sands, and commented, “At about 24 miles from the fork (of the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers) are some bituminous fountains into which a pole of 20 feet long may be inserted without the least resistance.”

      Mackenzie, Sir Alexander (1970). Lamb, W. Kaye (ed.). The Journals and Letters of Alexander Mackenzie. Cambridge: Hakluyt Society.

      • Good comment, Allan. The current mini-disaster oil contamination on a beach in Brazil may be either natural seepage or a deliberate sabotage by environmentalists against letting out oil exploration leases in the area.

    • The existence of bitumen( pitch ) was apparently known in times BCE. ( Gen 6 v. 14) though not perhaps in Canada at that time ,but in the middle east.Noah was apparently told to coat his ark inside & out with pitch .rather like the First Nations people do or did with their birch canoes referred to by Allan Macrae in his comments below

  5. In our crazy modern western world, you get traction with virtue-signalling not with practical ideas and efforts to improve people’s lives. And it’s many times more difficult to improve things if you’re up against very deep pockets of unscrupulous organisations like the Rockefeller Foundation.

    I thought the documentary was interesting, but that it was lacking in some important respects. I doubt it will change anyone’s mind, because I think it would be a bit difficult for anyone who didn’t already understand the problem to give a quick summary afterwards.

    Maybe I’m being unfair. Maybe it will prove to be much more effective than I think it will. I certainly hope so. But with Justin Trudeau re-elected, even in minority government, the obstacles are massive.

    I wish every success to the documentary makers, to Canadians, and in particular to the Canadian communities who have been shafted by activists, but I can’t pretend to be optimistic about their chances.

    • A bitter pill to swallow. All those well-intentioned Grannies and young adults, getting wet and cold in the service of a higher cause. And now it becomes clear that the “cause” they were serving was the protection of low-cost oil and gas in the US.
      It’s a difficult battle to fight, though. It takes a huge amount of knowledge and savvy to even recognize when you are being played, and then it takes knowledge and savvy and man-hours and Rockefeller-size bank accounts to do anything about it.

  6. Hosers are more interested in Hockey, Strange Brew and Cigarettes than politics. They are equal in stupid to our fat, obese electronically mesmerized Americans.
    It doesn’t matter we’ll all be dead when they radiate the hell out of us and the biosphere with the 5G rollout.

    • Carbon Bigfoot

      It doesn’t matter we’ll all be dead when they radiate the hell out of us and the biosphere with the 5G rollout.

      Oh good grief. They were trotting out all that crap when the first UHF and VHF terrestrial TV signals were broadcast.

      • I remember doing some calculations on mobile phone radiation a few years back and worked out that one hour spent outside in the sun would be considerable more non-ionising radiation than from mobile phones over your entire life and of course the sun has lots of additional ionising radiation that gives you skin cancers. Radiation intensity from your phone hanset is also 1000x greater than you’ll get from the base station due to proximity – inverse square law, but considering the amout is infinitely smaller compared to what we receive from the sun and it’s all safe non-ionising radiation anyway, it doesn’t matter.

      • I thought you Scots were more informed. In portions in the UK where 5G has been implemented has resulted in a 57% reduction in male sperm count—extinction levels are 73%.
        In 1992 the US Navy conducted 2200 studies as a result of radar operator-sickness, first acknowledged in WWII and concluded what microwave radiation was only good for weapons.
        36 diseases not caused by bacteria or viruses have shown exponential increases in the Digital Age.
        Demonstrations against 5G on Earth have been taking place in many parts of the world. Alarmingly, 5G in Space is being ignored. There is a reason this Appeal is called the 5G Space Appeal: the antennas on the ground will not matter if 5G in Space puts an end to all life. We have only about four months to prevent this.

        On September 23, 1998, a company called Iridium activated 66 satellites that it had launched into the ionosphere for global cell phone service. On that morning, a majority of electrically sensitive people became suddenly ill, all over the world—so ill that many were not sure they would live. For the next two weeks, birds were not flying in the sky. Homing pigeons got lost by the thousands, and the sport of pigeon racing never recovered. Weekly mortality for the United States rose by four to five percent.
        A second satellite phone service, Globalstar, began commercial service with only 48 satellites on February 28, 2000. Again came reports of nausea, headaches, leg pain, respiratory problems, depression, and lack of energy, all over the world, both from “electrically sensitive” people and from “normal” people.

        Iridium emerged from bankruptcy and resumed satellite phone service on March 30, 2001. Again came reports of nausea, flu-like illness and feelings of oppression, as well as catastrophic losses of race horse foals, all over the world. On June 5, 2001, Iridium added data and Internet to its satellite service. Again came widespread reports of nausea, flu-like illness, oppression, and hoarseness.
        The reason for such a drastic effect from a small number of satellites is not the direct radiation on the surface of the Earth, but the pollution of the ionosphere with millions of pulsed signals. This alters the Earth’s electromagnetic environment in which we all live, and pollutes the global electrical circuit that passes through every living thing, upon which we all depend for life and health. For the details, please read article, “Planetary Emergency” SpaceX is right on schedule. It plans to launch 60 more satellites in late October or early November, another 180 satellites by the end of this year, and to begin what it calls “minimal” global service as soon as it has 420 satellites in place, which could be as early as February 2020. Eventually Space X plans to have 12,000 5G satellites in the ionosphere, but 420 is already more than six times as many as Iridium, and earthly creatures may not stand the assault.

        Is TECHNOLOGY one of the FOUR HORSES OF THE APOCALYPSE?

        • Carbon Bigfoot

          The lancet published a study which revealed that 50% of peer reviewed science could not be replicated.

          Bayer put this number at 75%.

          By that assessment, your claims are highly suspect. Since Global Cooling became the scare of the moment, I am highly suspect of any catastrophic prediction.

          Like UHF and VHF signals, all this was said about 4G, 3G, 2G and satellite TV. However, if it’s true there will be a roaring trade in tinfoil hats.

        • Carbon Bigfoot

          “36 diseases not caused by bacteria or viruses have shown exponential increases in the Digital Age.

          Thanks to technology, medical science has moved on considerably in the last 50 years. It has continued to identify both new diseases and strains of disease.

          “Weekly mortality for the United States rose by four to five percent.”

          Just so many holes in this statement it’s difficult to know where to begin. Were there any other contributing factors, e.g. flu? Where were these deaths? were they confined to particular areas or just a general decline across the continent? Were there corresponding deaths across other countries or were they only confined to the US?

          On that morning, a majority of electrically sensitive people became suddenly ill

          So that morning, thousands of people across the US rushed to their doctor and weren’t sent away with aspirin for a headache?

          ……..and the sport of pigeon racing never recovered.

          It’s a perfectly healthy sport in the UK although there has been a decline I believe. The cause is largely attributed to prosperity and fashion rather than satellites.

          Again came reports of nausea, flu-like illness and feelings of oppression, as well as catastrophic losses of race horse foals…..

          How did cattle, sheep, pigs, cats and dogs manage to avoid this catastrophic loss of their young. And humans for that matter?

          Perhaps the foal moralities were cause by a condition or disease yet to be identified with the use of technology? TB is one of the most virulent killers of cattle but it wasn’t until it was investigated fully that it was found to be Badgers that were spreading the disease. Up until then, no one had a clue what was causing TB in cattle. I guess some people put it down to UHF/VHF TV signals.

  7. And Justin Trudeau has just appointed an anti oil extremist from Quebec, Steven Guilbeault, to be his outreach representative to Alberta and Saskatchewan. What a disgrace.

      • After seceding from Canada will you be attempting to form your own county or attempt to join someone else’s?
        Seeing that Alberta and Saskatchewan are landlocked, I’m not sure how that will allow you to ship oil any other direction but south. I’m not so sure the rest of Canada will be chomping at the bit to negotiate foreign contracts.

        If you were to secede could the rest of Canada stop you militarily?

        • Alberta and Saskatchewan border Montana and North Dakota. I’m sure there’s sufficient common sense rolling around those two states to ease the transition, especially if they want to be the 51st and 52nd states.

        • Alaska being not well served by the lower 48 may consider joining the secession along with eastern BC. No problem with pipelines to the coast then.

        • The UN guarantees a COUNTRY has unimpeded access through other counties, to the sea, to engage in trade.

          • Davis wrote:
            “The UN guarantees a COUNTRY has unimpeded access through other counties, to the sea, to engage in trade.”

            Excellent comment Davis – secession solves all of Alberta’s problems.

            Below is a note I sent to leaders in the Canadian media – who have apparently been bought by Trudeau’s $600 million grant to this struggling industry.
            ___________________________

            From: Allan MacRae
            Sent: October-22-19 6:09 AM
            Subject: AN OPEN LETTER TO CANADIAN MEDIA – BOUGHT BY TRUDEAU’S $600 MILLION? APPARENTLY YES.

            The Canadian Election – Epilogue

            My family has fought, bled and died for Canada since before Canada existed as a country.

            My uncle Col. Donald Fraser MacRae, MC, was the only surviving officer of the Dieppe Raid and rescued the only surviving ten men, of the 120 officers and men of the Essex Scottish who hit the beach in 1942. My great-uncle Lt. Thomas Rodgers Sample is buried in France, killed in battle in the last weeks of WW1.

            We are from Glengarry, the oldest county in Ontario, home to explorers David Thompson, Simon Fraser and Alexander Mackenzie. My family probably fought at the Battle of Crysler’s Farm with the Glengarry Fencibles, alongside the Canadian Voltiguers and the Tyendinaga Mohawks in the War of 1812.

            Our roots in Canada run deep, but I am done with Canada, because Canada is finished. Justin Trudeau and his corrupt, extremist minions partially-destroyed Canada in his first term, and his second term will finish us off. Like many others, I have tried to save Canada; now it is time to save Alberta.

            Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng.
            Calgary

  8. Rockefeller Foundation

    Rockefeller Foundation Wants to Manage Investors’ Money

    Foundation aims to help get ambitious projects off the ground through its new asset-management platform

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-rockefellers-want-to-manage-investors-money-11554987601

    Rockefeller has structured the unit as a tax-exempt limited-liability corporation for charitable purposes to allow it to receive money from investors and make program-related investments, foundation officials say.

    Guessing that RF’s charitable apple didn’t drop too far from it’s oily roots. Kudos to Ms. Kraus for her reporting.

    • We tried to ‘vote the bastards out’, but they’re still there even though we out-voted them.

      And, to be honest, I’m not sure Scheer would have done anything about foreign interference in the economy either.

      • Andrew Scheer appears to be aware of foreign interference and wants to lock them out.

        Enact legislation that will:

        Clarify the roles of proponents and governments that are involved in consultations;

        Ensure that standing is given only to those with expertise or who are directly impacted by the project in order to end foreign-funded interference in regulatory hearings;

        and Provide certainty to investors on approval timelines and schedules.

        https://www.conservative.ca/cpc/andrew-scheers-plan-to-fix-our-energy-sector/

  9. The tactics of the left have not and do not change. They are, at their root, based upon lies and include violence to achieve their goals.

  10. Again we see the same billionaire names turning up again and again aimed at destroying affordable energy for the middle class.
    The Big 4 of the GreenSlime
    Rockefeller Brothers Foundation,
    Bloomberg,
    Steyer,
    Soros.

    There are other Green Slimers of course, but they all coordinate through several enviro clearing houses to push their money out, leaving a slime trial of greenbacks in their wake to feed activists, academic rentseekers, and politicians who then do what they are told.

  11. The CBC is truly becoming the Greta Media of Reference here…
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/greta-thunberg-vancouver-rally-1.5334847

    Kids have no school today in Vancouver as it is a Pro. D. Day for teachers’ development time…

    The Vancouver rally coincides with the filing of a lawsuit from 15 youths across Canada, who say the federal government’s policies have contributed to high levels of greenhouse gas emissions and are making “dangerous” contributions to climate change.

    And activists waste no time enrolling the First Nation with their campaign:

    Andrea Ross

    @_rossandrea
    · 1h
    Replying to @_rossandrea
    They’re sharing stories of Indigenous communities losing their culture to climate change. Of rivers running dry, disappearing salmon, crop failure, wildfires. They say there is no more fundamental right than to that of a stable planet.

    The years of activism and bribing by the very green US foundations, directly or through their Canadian proxies, denounced by the work of Vivian Krause, are coming to roost. And this is no coincidence that the government of British Columbia has just decided to table “historic Indigenous rights bill in move to implement UN declaration”
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/bc-undrip-indigenous-rights-1.5333137

    The worst is yet to come…

  12. Excellent investigative reporting and documentary, Vivian Krause! And one this US citizen is willing to support. A modest donation has been flung ‘north’. Is this a ‘one off’ effort? I sincerely hope not. Does anyone know or have additional information?

    Many here in the US want Canada to be a strong economic partner with the US. We support investment in and and utilization of natural resources, especially in areas of chronic poverty. Vivian’s expose drives home the reality of rabid environmentalism enforcing high unemployment, poverty, drug/alcohol abuse, and suicides in vulnerable communities. It may be the single most potent message to thwart their agenda going forward.

    Luddite environmental diatribes cause unemployment, poverty, and suicides.

  13. Mark of Energi Media Hislop outlines 6 areas in which Krause arguments are invalid:

    One, American foundations like Tides are not the drivers of the Tar Sands Campaign.

    Two, Krause leaves the impression that the US funding was quite large, when the opposite is true.

    Three, campaign leadership was provided by Canadians, particularly First Nations, who are almost absent from her narrative.

    Four, she minimizes the impact of funding from Canadian foundations, governments, corporations, and individual donors, which appears to be far and away the biggest source of money for anti-pipeline ENGOs.

    Five, many of her conclusions are simply not supported by her data.

    Six, the Tar Sands Campaign essentially collapsed after Rachel Notley’s government introduced the Alberta Climate Leadership in late 2015, but Krause conveniently ignores this fact, perhaps because she doesn’t know or maybe because making that information public might affect bookings for the speaking engagements that generate the bulk of her income.

    https://energi.media/deep-dives/debunked-vivian-krauses-tar-sands-campaign-conspiracy-narrative/

    • I just read the supposed debunking you posted. It is no such thing. Just because multiple groups are working to sabotage Canadian oil production, it doesn’t mean that the US funded groups have not contributed to the sabotage in a very meaningful way.
      This is the “death by a thousand cuts” strategy to gain control over the Canadian energy industry.

      • Additionally I like the title for the link, “narrative “. Nope. No script here. It was written for kook-aid drinkers like Jack. I’ve listened to him for years, never an ounce of data, just a regurgitation of debunked 97% say, and IPCC talking points. See his name and give it a hard pass.

        • I gather you are one of the sycophants of Calgary’s little sun-worshipping Cult of Ra (AKA the Frauds of Science) who chant “Its the Sun” while imbibing your sacramental koch-a-coala, as solar activity continues to decline and the Earth continues to warm.

          If you one of denisons of the Herald forums, accusing me of not providing data is the height of hypocrisy.

    • Jack leave your scripted message to the Calgary Herald. You have consumed far too much NOAA and IPCC kook-aid.

  14. Very informative. Thanks.

    I wondered how Canada had got it self so screwed on oil. I never realised it was that organised.

    It’s worse than we thought.

  15. It’s incredible that the democrats are foaming at the mouth about supposed “Russian” interference in US politics and elections, when democratic contributors are doing the same thing in other countries.

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