Pick of the Day: Peace Out

This documentary by Charles Wilkinson focuses on the Peace River district in northern Alberta where a host of massive energy projects are in the works to feed humanity’s growing, and seemingly insatiable, demand for energy. You want tar sands, you got tar sands. Along with thousands of wells where shale gas is being collected through hydro-fracking, a major dam and even a nuclear power plant.

Obviously, the impact these developments will have on the formerly pristine Peace River will be catastrophic. And while Wilkinson demonstrates that with alarming clarity, he also points out that if we weren’t such energy hogs in our daily lives much of the pressure we currently feel to develop our energy resources with reckless abandon would disappear.    

Peace Out screens tonight at the RPL Theatre at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer.


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