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Robert Redford: We Can’t Afford To Be at the Mercy of Big Oil

Posted on Jan 23, 2012

Remember when Sundance was known as the scrappy little flick-fest that could, ushering many an indie darling to theaters of mass consumption from its unlikely setting, nestled in a tony resort town in the Utah mountains, somehow stoking lefty sensibilities all the while? Yeah, that was a long time ago.

But anyway, here’s Robert Redford from this year’s main event, seizing a teachable moment or two with Amy Goodman on Monday’s edition of “Democracy Now!”  —KA

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By Robert W. Lyons, January 27, 2012 at 6:01 am Link to this comment
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Dear KA [author of this story?]:

You might have acknowledged that you have changed the
title to this item since it first appeared.  (Should
I say, ‘Thank you,’ for that?)  The original title
does, however,  remain is the link address: “Robert
Redford Gives Obama a Big Break on Big Oil.”

Beyond that, your lead still remains totally
incongruent with the substance of Redford’s comments
in this clip.

If you’d like to do an opinion piece about how the
sensibilities of this “scrappy little flick-fest”
have changed, please provide something to
substantiate that.

Sorry to go off on you, KA, but I expect a little bit
more from something that appears in TruthDig.

Peace & much love,

Robert W. Lyons

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By tommooree, January 26, 2012 at 7:38 am Link to this comment
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re: Mr. Lyon’s comment that headline and lead being totally misleading:  Redford’s statement praising Obama’s decision failed to mention or refer to the fact that the administration’s denial of the pipeline permit was only based on process.  In other words, the president denied the permit because Keystone/Canada hadn’t provided the necessary info for the Dept. of State to make an informed decision.

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By Concerned, January 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment
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What is strange to me is that behind Redford as he denounces big oil is the logo for Chase Manhattan Bank, a sponsor of his festival and no doubt an investor in big oil. Does he really see a major separation between big oil and big finance? It’s obvious that he would not have accepted Exxon as a sponsor.

Why do you suppose establishment liberals do not connect the dots and view the banking establishment as being at the heart of the problems plaguing the environment as well as the struggle for social justice and democracy itself?

Why doesn’t Sundance have a sustainable business model that would allow it to do without corporate sponsors? Wouldn’t that be more fair to the filmmakers who want exposure for their films but might not want to be photographed for all the world to see with a Chase logo behind them as Redford is so willing to do.

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By bpawk, January 25, 2012 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Of course Redford will give him a break - he has nowhere else to go and Obama knows it. Redford is safely back into the fold.

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By blogdog, January 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment

Fossils From Animals And Plants Are Not Necessary For Crude Oil And
Natural Gas, Swedish Researchers Find

What would happen if it were proven that “fossil fuels” weren’t the result of
decaying plant and animal matter, were actually created within the Earth due to
simple chemistry and you could not be scared into believing that we were
“running out” of oil and natural gas?


Proponents of so-called “abiotic oil” claim that the proof is found in the fact
that many capped wells, which were formerly dry of oil, are found to be
plentiful again after many years, They claim that the replenished oil is
manufactured by natural forces in the Earth’s mantle.

Critics of the abiotic theory disagree. They claim that capped wells may appear
to refill after a few years, but they are not regenerating. It is simply an effect of
oil slowly migrating through pore spaces from areas of high pressure to the
low-pressure area of the drill hole. If this oil is drawn out, it will take even
longer for the hole to refill again. They hold that oil is a non-renewable
resource generated and deposited under special biological and geological

Until now these believers in “abiotic oil” have been dismissed as professing
“bad science” but—alas—a new study has proven them correct!

Reported in ScienceDaily, researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
in Stockholm have managed to prove that fossils from animals and plants are
not necessary for crude oil and natural gas to be generated. The findings are
revolutionary since this means, on the one hand, that it will be much easier to
find these sources of energy and, on the other hand, that they can be found all
over the globe.

“Using our research we can even say where oil could be found in Sweden,” says
Vladimir Kutcherov, a professor at the Division of Energy Technology at KTH.

Together with two research colleagues, Vladimir Kutcherov has simulated the
process involving pressure and heat that occurs naturally in the inner layers of
the earth, the process that generates hydrocarbon, the primary component in
oil and natural gas.

According to Vladimir Kutcherov, the findings are a clear indication that the oil
supply is not about to end, which researchers and experts in the field have long


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By Robert W. Lyons, January 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment
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??? The title and lead for this excerpt is totally
misleading. In this clip, RR clearly opposes the
pipeline, and DOES NOT EVEN MENTION Obama. Indeed, the
title of this clip is, “Robert Redford Praises
Rejection of Keystone: We Can’t Afford To Be at the
Mercy of Big Oil.” ???

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