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  • Matt Damon's "Promised Land" Twists the Fracking Facts

    What happens when ideology and facts go their separate ways in Hollywood?

    Stick to the ideology — and that’s just what happened in Matt Damon’s newest anti-fracking film, “Promised Land,” according to documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer:

    So, according to sources close to the movie, they’ve come up with a solution — suggest that anti-fracking fraudsters are really secret agents employed by the fossil-fuel industry to discredit the environmental movement.

    In the revised script, Damon exposes Krasinski as a fraud — only to realize that Krasinski’s character is working deep undercover for the oil industry to smear fracking opponents.

    Both Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency found no evidence of contamination in the case of Dimock, PA, the likely inspiration for the new film.

    Nick Loris, the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, has detailed the positive impact of hydraulic fracturing on energy production and job creation. He also dispels the persistent myths that inform opposition to the fracking process. According to Loris, “… Hydraulic fracturing is subject to both federal and state regulations, and there have been no instances of fracking causing contamination of drinking water.”

    Those facts disrupt the narrative Damon, et al. were going for in “Promised Land.”

    But when the story’s original bad guys — the fracking companies — were eclipsed by the “fraud or misrepresentation” of the anti-fracking activists themselves, McAleer reveals that the plot twist has now reasserted the blame on the big oil companies. The “anti-fracking fraudsters” are oil company operatives sent in to destroy the environmental opposition’s credibility.

    Below is a trailer of “Promised Land,” followed by Heritage’s own short video about fracking’s positive benefits on society.

    This summer, Heritage and the Institute for Energy Research sent teams to North Dakota to report on the economic revitalization that’s happened as a result of fracking.

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    11 Responses to Matt Damon's "Promised Land" Twists the Fracking Facts

    1. zff says:

      This shows just how fanatically left wing Hollywood is. When the reality does not fit the ideology, make stuff up. God forbid people see environmental "activists" as anything other than pure hearted saints who can do no wrong and never lie or commit fraud, so we'll resort to a looney tune anti-"Big Oil" conspiracy theory instead. Un-be-lievable.

    2. You've been punked by Heritage Foundation. This fim's screenplay is written by John Krasinski ("Jim" from TV's "The Office", directed by Gus Van Sant (director of "Good Will Hunting").

      While it is true that one of the Four production companies that financed the film is based in UAE, that company (Imagenation) has a Chairman who is formerly from Barclays Capital (London), a CEO who got his start with Time Life Television, and a creative director whose background includes production of "The Bucket List" and "Chicago".

      In short, it's a media production company that has helped bring us "The Help", "Men in Black III", "The Crazies", and so on.

      More to the point, the storyline and screenplay were written by John Krasinski, and Imagenation is not even the largest investor in this film.

      This sort of fallacy is ridiculous. Using the same sort of fallacy, I can point to Heritage Foundation receiving monies from Koch Industries which includes Koch Chemical Technology, Dubai. Is this enough to prove that Heritage is a propaganda arm of the UAE?

      Silly people.

      • Bobbie says:

        I'd say you've been mentally inflicted with the bug of mind derangement. Either you'll consider facts that aren't acknowledged through Hollywood's latest tool named Matt Damon confusing the truth or you'll just read into whatever the latest derangement is! Silly person…

    3. Angela Lee says:

      What a minute….while you are accusing Matt Damon and those who produced this movie of twisting the 'fracks' you fail to say that you have your own agenda on the opposite side!

    4. Dona Syman says:

      People only have to take a trip to Dimock, Pennsylvania to get first hand knowledge about the atrocities of the Natural Gas Industry! Then take a trip up to New York and speak with families there who have been fact checking for the last two years, the FACTS are downright OUTRAGEOUS, and I thank Matt Damon and those who produced this film for having the decency and courage to join millions of people who are fighting to protect their water, the source of all life from the sick and greedy oil tycoons. Stand up to big oil who wants YOU to believe that you need them for their NOT CLEAN energy of the future! What we need is a solar and wind infrastructure which IS viable, just look what Merkel is doing in Germany! She is proving the oil industry WRONG!

      • patrick d says:

        You live in a fantasy world. Let's try the Magic Bean energy solution while we're at it, it has as much chance as wind and solar to solve our energy needs. Natural gas is clean, domestic and safe. It is the answer to ending our dependence on oil imports from countries who hate us. I guess you'd rather be at their mercy than actually educate yourself to the facts.

        • April B says:

          If this is your opinion you must not live right next to a fracked well like I do.

          • M. Foster says:


            That was your choice to buy a property with severed mineral rights or one located next to another's open land.

            Heaven forbid that the neighboring landowner won't give up his mineral rights so you can continue to benefit from the value of his undeveloped land.

            Get a grip. The world doesn't revolve around you.

        • E. Brodie says:

          Think twice, maybe three times, before you say natural gas is our route to energy independance. It is not clean, unless you are hypnotized by end product of a Bunsen burner's flame. During extraction and production, sullying of other valuable resources like water and air make it a dirty process indeed. The flimsy "bridge" it is expected to offer on our way to inevitably using wind, solar, and other US job-creating means (you show your cynicism and ignorance in slighting these) well, that bridge has abutments resting on very false hopes. With the exportation at coastal ports (for profit by multinational companies) of America's own natural gas in liquid form being considered in Washington at this very moment, we will only see steeply rising costs for our own use of this domestic product. Instead, we should spend our precious capital on surging ahead like the leader we claim to be and gain permanent, not weak and fleeting ground, in our search for energy independance.

      • this movie could be no further from the truth and facts.With 3 sons who are petroleum engineers I have traveled all over the USA .The empty nested mother following her chicks.I know that what they do is safe for everyone and that fracking is safe .Everyone who writes negatiely about fracking are jealous of those who have become wealthy with leases and royalties.

    5. Brooks says:

      Big Oil, Finance, Govt – 3 largest equating to well over $1,000,000,000,000,000,000 in debt for the rest of us to carry so they can retire early. Greatest scam in the history of scamdoms. The govt sector alone accounts for $916,000,000,000,000 just for retirement funding for these clowns. My grandfather owned the 3rd largest oil distribution company in North America through the 70s-80's – He warned me then where it was going..he was dead on and it is unbeleivable the amount of lies being perpetuated to get people to ignore the 800 lb gorilla in the room. You should all be ashamed for being swayed to add more lies to the kitty. How much earlier do these people expect to retire than everyone else flipping the bill to carry their worthless weight? One once of honesty in those circles would give everyone in the US a check for $300,000 – of that 3% of the population (govt workers) shared their civil servant retirement plan with everyone. yes, $300,000 EACH. No, no thievery going on here – hey look, there goes my 44 year old fireman neighbor in his new truck..oh, he is retired…has the nicest boat on the block too…wonder if there is a correlation here?

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