Groan: L.A. Times film critic accepts as given that fracking is evil

Dec. 28, 2012

By Chris Reedpland

The question I posed in my Wednesday piece about fracking and California has already been answered. I wondered whether the fact that it has been “massively” used for decades but only began facing enviro complaints when it became efficient would ever be acknowledged by the state’s media.

L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan certainly can’t be bothered. In his Friday review of “Promised Land,” the new anti-fracking movie by shrill lefty Matt Damon, Turan accepts as a given that fracking is horrible:

“[The original wind-power plot] was shifted to what has become the hot-button ecological issue of the moment, the tumultuous practice of using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract underground natural gas. …  A town meeting is called to discuss Global’s offer to buy up everything, and … Frank Yates, a flinty science teacher played by Hal Holbrook, voices his objections to what fracking does to both land and water …. .”

The good news is that Turan gave a negative review to the movie. The bad news, the ridiculous news, is that he accepted without second thought its premise that fracking is evil.

The truth should set fracking free. It’s been used 1 million times to drill wells in the United States. To try to get this established as a basic talking point in this debate, I will repeat myself: It’s been around for decades. The NRDCs and Sierra Clubs of the world didn’t used to care. Now they care — because it’s much more efficient and only because it’s much more efficient.

Now here’s a pathetic/hilarious/amazing twist: Who’s financing this film? Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich emirate with a stake in blocking fracking.

Yo, Matt Damon: Who’s got the moral high ground here?






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  1. Tom Tanton
    Tom Tanton 28 December, 2012, 07:46

    and apparently Damon doesn’t know a whole lot about drilling in California
    from Energy in Depth
    “Matt Damon: We’re not going to drill in Beverly Hills … FACT: We’ve drilled in BH for decades. It funds local schools!”

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 28 December, 2012, 08:58

    Just more eco-freak garbage. In the minds of the RAGWUS feeder or the Eco-Freak, if something is efficient and makes money then it must be stopped.

    The wife and I went out to Soup Plantation last night and ran into one of the Eco-trendy Veagans standing in front of the soup line, holding up nine other meat-eaters because she couldn’t tell the difference between the turkey soup and the Brockly-Cheese. I showed her the way and while doing so, Quickly through my mind rushes that thought that this woman would let all in line die of starvation to bring to a successful conclution her daunting task of picking the correct soup, her lips must never touch the body parts of another living being I was thinking to myself, of course then my thoughts were one of uncontrollable laughter, to which the others in line laughed and smiled. It was as if they were having the same story rolling through their minds. 🙂

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  3. Whatever
    Whatever 28 December, 2012, 13:20

    EID, Energy in Depth, is a PR front for the natural gas industry. Unconventional, slick water horizontal hydraulic fracturing has been around only since the 90’s. When the industry will tell ALL the chemicals they use, even the proprietary ones, stop well casing leaks, drills and spills, waste pits and injection wells, compressor station and pipeline leaks and blow ups then you can say it is great to fund schools. There is no reason to drill in residential areas, schools and hospitals when there is a glut of gas. Exposing children to potential pipeline explosions and more. Especially when it is planned to be exported and not used here in the US. My commuity is still waiting for the ng cars and infrastructure that was promised to our local business chamber. Instead they are building infrastructure to the coasts.
    Regarding Abu Dhabi, do you know how many foreign interests are buying land and gas leases here in the US. Changing hands so often one can’t even keep up. Do some research. . . a real eye opener!

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 29 December, 2012, 16:16

    I don’t know much about fracking, but when I read an account of an industry worker being boiled alive when he stepped on a shallow place at his work-site, and the employer getting away with a modest fine, my blood boiled.

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