The globalists hope to do to fracking with this film, what they did to nuclear power with “The China Syndrome”
Beginning this week, a billboard will go up in New York shooting down the movie.
By PATRICK GAVIN | 1/3/13 3:34 PM EST
Fracking fans have a new target: Matt Damon.
“Promised Land,” the new Gus Van Sant film about the controversial technique that acquires natural gas through drilling and pressurized fluid, stars and was written by Damon and costar John Krasinski, opens nationally Friday.
Phelim McAleer is launching a one-man campaign to call Damon out about the film. McAleer directed the documentary FrackNation, along with his wife Ann McElhinney, and the film paints a more sympathetic portrayal of fracking and aims to dispel some of the misinformation that McAleer and McElhinney believe have dominated the debate over the procedure’s environmental and health impact.
“This is classic propaganda,” McAleer told POLITICO. “It’s political from the beginning to the very end.” And that, according to McAleer, represents a large part of his problem with “Promised Land.”
Movieline.com attended on a panel discussion about “Promised Land” featuring Damon and reported that Damon said the movie wasn’t political.
“I don’t want to call Matt Damon a liar but he’s a liar, really,” McAleer said. “It’s a deeply political movie and it’s deeply disingenuous for Matt Damon to say otherwise. … Matt Damon isn’t telling the truth.”
McAleer’s criticism of the film and Damon’s politics seems to center primarily around the suggestion that fracking can contaminate local water supplies to the point of making them flammable, a point made most prominently in the 2010 documentary, “Gasland.”
While not exactly reassuring, perhaps, McAleer says “the water has always been on fire” going as far back as the 17th century.
“This stuff can get into the water supply naturally,” McAleer said. “In America hundreds of years ago, native Americans named three different locations ‘Burning Springs.’ Quite simply, this is because of the naturally occurring gases, like methane, that are found beneath the earth’s surface and that can rise to the surface with water. This pre-dates fracking and, in fact, there is no evidence that suggests that fracking has led to an increase in this phenomenon.”
Beginning this week, McAleer will go up with a billboard in New York that shoots down “Promised Land.” The ad states, “Matt Damon: the water has been on fire since 1669.”
McAleer has been hoping to engage Damon on the topic but has been unsuccessful in contacting the film’s production company.
Besides the politics, McAleer says he actually did enjoy the film.
“It isn’t that bad,” said McAleer. “It’s actually witty in places, something I thought I’d never say. There’s a bit of sex, a bit of drinking, a bit of fighting. What else could an Irishman ask for?”