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Hollywood’s negative energy

Published: Tue, January 15, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Hollywood’s negative energy

Even as Americans crave en- ergy independence, Hollywood has once again joined ideological forces with environmental leftists and foreign exporters of oil to ensure the U.S. doesn’t tap into its own vast natural gas resources.

The latest effort, a film called “Promised Land” starring Matt Damon, attempts to persuade Americans of the evils of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as a means of mining natural gas.

Judging by the success of previous anti-fracking films, “Promised Land” seemed poised to come out swinging. Instead, the flick proved a flop at the box office.

Why the fade in fracking fascination? Perhaps it’s because Americans are tired of hearing the rhetoric. Perhaps it’s because they would rather see Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, or maybe because Damon’s $15 million propaganda was financed by OPEC oil tycoons. Or perhaps it’s because a lie can stand only so long before it falls before the truth.

The truth is that not only has fracking been safely used in the United States for more than 60 years, but that it also has actually contributed in recent years to a drastic decline in energy-related carbon emissions in the U.S. Just don’t expect the green goons to give up too quickly.

Cathy Lukasko, Brookfield


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