• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • House Members Ask Hillary Clinton Not to Promote 'Fracking' Propaganda

    Thirty-two members of the House of Representatives have asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove a factually inaccurate environmentalist documentary from the list of featured films at a State Department event showcasing “contemporary American society and culture.”

    The documentary, Gasland, spread hysteria about the natural gas mining technique hydraulic fracturing, using numerous factual misstatements, exaggerations, and misrepresentations. Its inclusion in State’s event was first reported by Scribe last month.

    The 32 House members accuse State of pursuing a “radical environmental agenda,” as evinced by its inclusion of Gasland in the event, and its role in blocking the Keystone XL pipeline.

    “This agenda runs counter to the vast majority of Americans who want responsible American-made energy,” the letter states. “Therefore, this film does not ‘reflect contemporary American society and culture’ and should not be promoted by the federal government.”

    The letter also objects to Gasland’s “factual errors and misleading statements about hydraulic fracturing.” Scribe noted some of those inaccuracies in our initial report on the event. The Independent Petroleum Association of America has compiled a more comprehensive list.

    Chief among the film’s factual misrepresentations was its claim that hydraulic fracturing had injected flammable chemicals into a Colorado town’s water supply. A much-ballyhooed clip from the film shows a resident turning on his kitchen faucet and igniting the gas that comes out.

    Left unmentioned was that such phenomena had occurred as far back as the 1930s – before hydraulic fracturing was invented. Confronted on that fact, director Josh Fox said that information wasn’t relevant. The pre-fracking prevalence of flammable checmicals in drinking water is a topic that Irish filmmakers Philem McAleer and Ann McElhinney will explore in depth in their upcoming documentary, FrackNation.

    Gasland even drew a rebuke from Colorado’s Oil and Natural Gas Commission, which criticized its “several errors,” including the flaming faucets. Fox refused to allow the commission to review the film before its release, “which might have prevented [its] inaccuracies,” the commission noted.

    Here is the full text of the letter to Secretary Clinton:

    Gasland Letter

    Posted in Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    6 Responses to House Members Ask Hillary Clinton Not to Promote 'Fracking' Propaganda

    1. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      No frack is whack.

    2. @joestickney says:

      clinton liste!! carbon base is a target for propaganda

    3. James o'd says:

      I hate to break it to you, but in this day and age, the Heritage Foundation itself does not ‘reflect contemporary American society and culture’ and should bear no influence on the federal government. Too bad you couldn't just take all your funding and keep your mouths shut…that would be a win-win for everyone!

    4. @FrackNation says:

      Thanks for the mention! If you're interested in seeing the first clip from our film: http://kck.st/FrackNationClip

    5. Bobbie says:

      Let's see if Hilary can stand the strength as a real woman and do the right thing for America!

    6. James Johnson says:

      Holy cow you lot are frighteningly dumb!
      Money, money, money…you'll choke on it..if the gas fumes and polluted water don't get you first.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×