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.