Matt Damon wrote, produced, and starred in the movie “Promised Land” that is not kind to “fracking”, a revolutionary method of extracting natural gas and oil from the earth. Greens and environmentalists, of course, are very, VERY worried about The Horror Known As Fracking.
That’s their job, of course, to be very VERY worried about how man is constantly screwing up what is otherwise blissful perfection and (to them), quite literally, heaven on earth.
But it seems that the horror might be misguided, because multiple investigations by multiple government agencies have found no evidence of environmental damage so far from The Horror Known As Fracking. The few instances of damage were due to improper usage of the technology, not from the technology itself.
Not only that, but fracking itself has revitalized the energy industry in the U.S., dramatically driving down the price of natural gas and oil with greater production, resulting in a boom that over the next few years could radically transform not just the U.S. economy but the balance of energy producers and consumers in the world. For the U.S., this means more jobs, cheaper energy and greater economic growth, greater security from energy independence, and making the transition from net exporter of energy to net importer, all of which are very important and strategic needs for the U.S. Fracking may reduce CO2 emisions, as well.
So you could say that not only is the jury still out on this issue, but a lot of the evidence goes into the “plus” column, not the “minus” column. IF you’re dealing with facts instead of green energy platitudes and popular myths that feed narrative and drama for movies, that is. And IF you’re in favor of things that empower rather than weaken America and our future.
Even more interesting is the fact that an OPEC nation is funding a movie that threatens the American fracking industry. As the article notes, the movie was produced “in association with” Image Media Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, which is wholly owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates. What a shocking coincidence – a nation that stands to gain if America loses is bankrolling a movie that feeds perceptions that could enable that outcome!
Remember back when we viewed OPEC with suspicion, back in the 1970s? If an OPEC nation had tried to bankroll a movie affecting our energy independence, the American people would have stayed away in droves. Memories of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and resulting OPEC oil embargo that caused shortages, price spikes, and huge lines were still very fresh. Those days could easily come back again, and by pretending that energy independence is not a crucial strategic advantage for our people and our nation, we court disaster.
But hey, what does Matt Damon care? Matt Damon and his UAE homies got no time for your silly facts, jack. They have a movie to make, and an agenda to push. An agenda that is at odds with our children’s future, and more aligned with the best interests of a foreign nation than with our own.
I think I’ll pass on this one. Maybe Matt Damon, who in “Good Will Hunting” went out of his way to pump up the anti-American history book “The People’s History of the United States” by virulent anti-American socialist douchebag Howard Zinn, should just admit what is obvious by now: he doesn’t really like America all that much, and is actively working to keep it down.
There seems to be an awful lot of that going around these days.