Katie Pavlich

They just can't help themselves, Hollywood liberals live on the high of being a hypocrites. Remember all of the hysteria surrounding global warming? Remember Hollywood liberals and people like Al Gore preaching to the "little" people about how they used too much energy while they lived in mansions and were escorted in entourages of SUVs? The global warming movement has lost much of its steam since the economy tanked and since new media and thousands of scientists exposed much of the data, including the famous hockey stick graph "proving" global warming is real, was manipulated and in many cases, completely made up.

Now, the left and Hollywood have another energy target, another way to suppress the non-elite and another way to act like hypocrites. Actor Matt Damon has a new anti-fracking film coming in December called "The Promised Land." In it, Damon portrays fracking as an evil cow killing, family farm attacking, water damaging practice promoted by money hungry capitalists. The problem is, fracking doesn't do any of those things.

 

 

The other problem? The film was bank rolled by an Arab oil company from the wealthy country of Abu Dhabi. Heritage has the scoop.

It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

The creators of Promised Land have gone to absurd lengths to vilify oil and gas companies, as Scribe’s Michael Sandoval noted Wednesday. Since recent events have demonstrated the relative environmental soundness of hydraulic fracturing – a technique for extracting oil and gas from shale formations – Promised Land’s script has been altered to make doom-saying environmentalists the tools of oil companies attempting to discredit legitimate “fracking” concerns.

While left-leaning Hollywood often targets supposed environmental evildoers, Promised Land was also produced “in association with” Image Media Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, according to the preview’s list of credits. A spokesperson with DDA Public Relations, which is running PR for the film, confirmed that AD Media is a financier. The company is wholly owned by the government of the UAE.

The UAE, a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has a stake in the future of the American fossil fuel industry. Hydraulic fracturing has increased the United States’ domestic supply of crude oil and natural gas in areas such as the Bakken shale formation and has the potential to increase domestic production much more in the foreseeable future. That means more oil on the market, and hence lower prices for a globally traded commodity.

It makes sense an Arab company would put money behind this film, after all, Americans investing in and using their own domestic energy sources like oil and natural gas through fracking, give them less oil business. The hypoctite here is Damon. He's trying to slam domestic energy production, including the production of oil, while happily accepting millions from a foreign oil company in order to get the film to the big screen. 

Phelim McAleer, director and producer of FrackNation, breaks down the false claims against fracking in the New York Post and points out the film was using debunked arguments in the original script and therefore has been rewritten.

I broke the news that “Promised Land” was about fracking and now I can reveal that the script’s seen some very hasty rewriting because of real-world evidence that anti-fracking activists may be the true villains.

In courtroom after courtroom, it has been proved that anti-fracking activists have been guilty of fraud or misrepresentation.

There was Dimock, Pa. — the likely inspiration for “Promised Land,” which is also set in Pennsylvania. Dimock featured in countless news reports, with Hollywood celebrities even bringing water to 11 families who claimed fracking had destroyed their water and their lives.

But while “Promised Land” was in production, the story of Dimock collapsed. The state investigated and its scientists found nothing wrong. So the 11 families insisted EPA scientists investigate. They did — and much to the dismay of the environmental movement found the water was not contaminated.

There was Wolf Eagle Environmental Engineers in Texas, a group that produced a frightening video of a flaming house water pipe and claimed a gas company had polluted the water. But a judge just found that the tape was an outright fraud — Wolf Eagle connected the house gas pipe to a hose and lit the water.

Other “pollution” cases collapsed in Wyoming and Colorado. Even Josh Fox, who with his Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland” first raised concerns about flammable water, has had to admit he withheld evidence that fracking was not responsible.

These frauds and misrepresentations created huge problems for the Damon/Krasinski script about “what defines us as a country.”


Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her new book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, will be published on July 8, 2014.

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