Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Gasland Part II

I haven’t even seen the first Gasland yet.  It’s on our Netflix queue, along with Matt Damon’s The Promised Land.

Gasland Part II is about to be shown on HBO, which we don’t get so we’ll have to wait ‘til the DVD comes out.  Josh Fox — producer of Gasland I and II — says he wants President Obama to see Gasland Part II:

“We want the president to watch the movie, and we want him to meet with the people who are in it.”  He says Obama is misguided in his support of fracking:

“It looks like he's really sincere and earnest in his desire to take on climate change, but he's got the completely wrong information and thus the completely wrong plan.”

Unfortunately the deep-pocketed fracking industry is able to buy a lot more access to the White House than a bunch of lowly treehuggers.  And this is one of the main themes of Gasland Part II.  Part II reiterates a lot of the same information from Part I, i.e. the contamination of entire neighborhoods caused by fracking.

But Gasland Part II goes more into how a powerful industry has been able to buy off our “elected” representatives and “regulatory” agencies; why our watchdogs have all mutated into corporate lapdogs.  Or as Josh Fox puts it:

“I felt like I could see it: a horizontal well bore, drilled down into the earth, snaking underneath the Congress, shooting money up through the chamber at such high pressure that it blew the top off of our democracy.  Another layer of contamination due to fracking, not the water, not the air, but our government.”

Very well put.  Gasland Parts I and II and The Promised Land are must-sees.  The more viewers these three movies can get, the fewer useful idiots the fracking industry will have.

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Blogger Snave said...

Fracking is just bad stuff. Plain and simple.

Making aquifers unfit for humans to use is bad. Contributing to structural deficiencies in the earth's crust is bad. Byproducts of it are bad.

I will have to look at the Gasland stuff.

July 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Whereas Chimpy would watch these flicks and snicker, Hussein X would watch these flicks and frown a caring frown of sadness, but the results would be the same.

July 8, 2013 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

Hey, Jesus is coming to pick up the faithful and to hell with the earth and those left behind. In the meantime, there is money to be made ;P

July 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I agree, fracking is bad for all those reasons. It's great for the drilling companies and the property owners who are willing to contaminate their own neighborhood in return for the big bucks. But for the other 99% of us, it sucks.

Randal: But every time he frowns that caring frown of sadness, I feel a new surge of hope.

Life: It's a win win. Make money from fracking, then get whisked up to Heaven and let those pagan treehuggers inherit the devastated planet.

July 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Gasland will piss you off the way the regular people are treated. It is an excellent documentary.

July 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I love watching political docudramas and getting pissed off. I'm looking forward to Gasland I and II and The Promised Land.

July 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM  

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