Unintended Consequences Documentary Series

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  1. I am encouraged by human’s capacity to change, evolve and mature. Such a film can be a gateway into realistic conversation devoid of fear about an end to our world. Fundamentalists have held sway in public perception and government policy far too long. Its time to find a balanced understanding of the energy issues before us. I look forward to this film.

    • Thank you James. That is one of the missions of my project is to get away from the projection of fear, and self-righteousness that some hold the absolute truth, and instead to acknowledge the limits of our understanding, and close the gap between our capacity to be able to do things and foresight.


  2. I have watched this clip and then checked out the website: http://www.indiegogo.com/Unintended-Consequences to read the background and the intended forward play of the production. It sounds as though Matt Palmer will go forward with tough questions tackling all aspects of the question and let us hope the work will be kept honest in all aspects. It can then be a great educational tool not just to influence but for the young and old, rural and urban to seriously consider all of the ramnifications of the energy question. Let’s hope contributions make this happen as he envisions it.

    • Thanks Karen. It is going to happen. I have built a tremendous amount of momentum the last month through this campaign. I have some great partners on board including University of Calgary Institute of Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economy, University of Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Environment, and the International Green Technology Institute. I am garnering interest from all over the world as this spreads out, and it shows there is a real thirst for a rational, pragmatic and transparent story.

      Your contribution is greatly appreciated, and it is through this support that will help me demonstrate to major sponsors that people want this. Individual contributions are also part of what keeps the project accountable. I’m not just accountable to corporate sponsors who want to see a balanced story, but just as much to people like you who are living with or concerned about potential impacts in your community.

      As you hopefully saw from the webpage education is a huge component of this, not just for schools, but also for people who work in energy corporations – or in fact for any corporation that wants their employees to be more knowledgable on the subject.

      Thanks for helping to spread the word.


  3. You have formed relationships with U of Calgary Institute of Sustainable Energy, Env.& Economy, U,of Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Env. & the International Green Technology Institute. Sorry to say Matt that this does NOT appear to be a balanced list for an impartial perspective on our energy issues. As a resident dealing with a “green” project shoved up my backside, I have huge resentments where everything green is sacrosanct no matter the social, environmental, & economic costs.

    • I have to say that my first reaction, at least upon seeing the U of C piece and thinking of the knuckle-dragging energy stereotype of things Albertan, was the opposite. I can’t speak to the other folks but would have some confidence in the U of W bunch. I’m maybe a little biased (I’m a U of W alumnus) but feel that Jatin Nathwani, the WISE executive director, is a pretty credible Ontario energy voice. Also, let’s remember that while academics ARE human, we should still have some confidence that they’ll tell it like it is. Generally speaking, we’re not talking here about pocket-lining Green Energy Act Alliance types. Having said all that, I don’t know the IGTI.

      Here’s more on WISE:



      • Bruce, I wanted to also respond that I think people outside Alberta might be surprised at where the level of conversation is here. There is still some knuckle dragging to be sure, but there is also a lot of very progressive thinking and action taking place.

        I’m meeting Dr Nathwani for the first time tonight, as he is coming to town to speak to the Global Clean Energy Congress. He actually wrote a very interesting opinion piece about the unintended consequences of alternative energy in the Globe earlier this year, and it was why I wanted to connect with him.

        As far as the IGTI, I connected with them through Linkedin. In fact the Head of the Institute reached out to me. While they are focused on new technologies, he was extremely supportive of what I am doing and strongly feels we must be talking about these issues before implementing new technologies. He agrees with the whole systems approach. This is why I invited them to be a part of the project.

        To me the best way forward is to engage all sides. No matter what our own thoughts and agendas may be.

    • Hi,

      Thank you for your responses. It’s important first to point out that these are some of the “first” relationships that I have formed. My advisory committee will be comprised of 20 – 25 representatives from various backgrounds that will include industry, academia, scientists, economists, environmental, First Nations, public policy and general public. Of the three institutions that I have listed, they are supporting for exactly the reason that I created this project, they have an interest in being part of an impartial, rational, pragmatic conversation.

      I welcome and invite suggestions as to persons or representative organizations I can approach that you feel would help to balance the story and perspectives. This is a part of what my initial campaign is about – inviting people to help guide the content and story. Your perspective of someone being directly affected by the wind issue is important, and is a story that needs to be told.

      Hopefully this helps you understand where I am coming from, and I hope we can open a dialogue on this. Please feel free to contact me.


      • I’m glad you got the good people at UW to respond. They certainly would not respond to my inquiries. Unanswered emails…

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