The film “Fracknation,” by Phelim McAleer, has actually every one of the usual decorations of a legitimate documentary on hydraulic fracking, however for me, it was the background music, which sounded enjoy those bells-in-pipeline tracks for BP commercials, that gave it away.
The film is zero however a shill for the oil and gas industry. It relies on sources that farmers and land owners that have actually agreed to lease their lands: Yes, the “it smells enjoy money” set. Hardly the group of individuals you can easily matter on to protect your water supply for decades to come.
In addition, it subverts the counter-cultural elements of Kickstarter.com by existing as yet another method for Koch brothers design funds to be laundered, thus giving an impression that there’s some sort of call of the individuals at job here.
In fact, the filmmaker is funded by right-wing dark money, and somehow he’s managed to position with each other a string of climate denying and anti-environmentalist films casting doubts on all of kinds of settled scientific observations and studies.
And if you wish to catch him or her as a speaker, you’ll have actually pay a fairly hefty per-platter rate on the conservative circuit, or at oil and gas conferences.
According to a web site debunking the climate adjustment debunkers, “McAleer and (Ann McElhinney) additionally say they are independent journalists functioning independently of corporate funding. McAleer was referred to by the San Francisco Chronicle as ‘climate denial’s Michael Moore’ and the 2 McAleer and McElhinney are listed as ‘experts’ by the climate change-denying Heartland Institute.”
A brand-new study by that group recommends dissolving the Environmental Protection Agency.
The journalist likes to usage deceptive, wolf-in-sheep’s dressing appeals to his audience. For example, there’s the title, “Fracknation,” drawn from “Fast Meals Nation,” which was hardly a promoter of the over culture. however the graphics are slick sufficient to be used for an oil industry commercial, along with cool-tech sounds burbling in the background. The Kickstarter.com page and the film itself states it raised $212,265 from “ordinary people” in 2012. however that’s Difficult to believe. The filmmaker has actually created a pro-mining documentary called “Mine Your very own Business” and “Not Evil. Merely Wrong,” a climate denier’s film indicating if there’s checking out be one conclusion from anything it attempts to document, it’s this: It’s fodder for the right-wing capitalize every little thing set.
It’s why the Salt Lake Tribune described “Fracknation” as an oil and gas “infomercial.”