Issues and diverging conclusions regarding environmental problems and pollution have often caused diplomatic conflicts between Canada and the United States, especially in the early 1980s. The Canadian government stated that air pollution in the Great Lakes region was mainly caused by U.S. industries, and the action of winds, which brought pollution from the south to the north of the border.
Moreover, three short Canadian documentaries took the position that air pollution and acid rain occurring in central Canada were partly caused by U.S. factories located near the Canadian border. These three films were officially labeled as political propaganda by the U.S. State Department.
These film essays, bringing environmental issues to light, were: Acid From Heaven (1982) by George Mully; Acid Rain: Requiem or Recovery? (1982) by Seaton Findlay; and If You Love This Planet (1982) by Terri Nash. The latter was about nuclear hazards in the United States. The U.S. government required U.S. theatres or movie rental stores showing or loaning any of these controversial films to report the usage to the State Department.
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