dir: Daniel Goldhaber
Wow. This flick isn’t fucking around.
In a trend that is getting more prevalent, film titles are being awfully literal these days. Plane was about a plane, Cats was about a group of hideous cats, and this film How to Blow Up a Pipeline is about how to blow up a pipeline.
I am not advocating for civil disobedience, property damage, or so-called eco-terrorism. If anything, I am a card carrying member of the Establishment that every activist says they are against and every politician pretends they’re not a part of.
In short, I’ve been working for the Empire for decades, so make of that what you will. But I am also a human with eyes and ears, and I look at the inexorable march of time, and the continuous destruction of the environment and the climate, and I can see how so many activists and concerned citizens, tired of marching, tired of holding placards and being ignored or demonised could eventually think “fuck it – protesting isn’t getting the job done.” They know, like a lot of us do, that too many vested interests make too much money from the fossil fuel industry to ever do anything actually against those interests. As such, the markets should be allowed to decide what the oil price should be.
After someone blows up their pipelines and fucks up production, of course.
The activists here are not naïve. They know this action will do little in either the short or medium term. But it’s meant to show people what can be done.
So, given the name, it goes into great detail about the “how”, but there is much made of “why” as well. The “why” is not just about the parlous state of the climate, with its once in a hundred year floods happening every other year, its atmospheric rivers and its wildfires resulting in smoke plumes circling the earth. The “whys” are personal and different, depending on the person.