The director of FrackNation tells Spiked the ten big fat lies about fracking. Here are the first three.
1) Anti-fracking activists are nice people who love debate
Actually, far from being liberal, open-minded souls bringing truth to power in a kinder, gentler way, anti-fracking activists have chosen a new disposition: angry! I guess no one told the fracktivists that just because we donât agree doesnât mean we canât get along. WatchÂ Vera Scroggins, for example.
Vera, an anti-fracking, Sierra Club-endorsed activist from Pennsylvania, adds to the âdialogueâ with such constructive comments as:
âYouâre a freak.â
âYouâre a male prostitute.â
âYouâre an Irish freak. Go drink some alcohol.â
âGo get drunk and be a drunken Irish freak.â
âYouâre an alien. You look like a f***ing alien.â
Or take actor and activist Alec Baldwin. In the run-up to a debate about fracking in the Hamptons that he was taking part in, following a screening of the anti-fracking movieÂ Gasland, Baldwin approached the New York Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) to see if it could suggest a speaker who was not as anti-fracking as the other speakers on the panel. IOGA suggested me as an independent voice, a journalist with an international perspective who has researched fracking for over two years in two continents. But suddenly Baldwin was no longer interested in debate or diversity of opinion, and heÂ vetoed meÂ from the panel. Then, a few hours later, he popped up on Twitter and posted the following:
@phelimmcaleer Come debate me, Phelim, you lumpy old gas whore. Whoâs paying you?
â ABFoundation, 1 June 2013
@phelimmcaleer Phelim, you are a dreadful filmmaker. But come debate me, you tired old bullshitter.
â @ABFalecbaldwin, 1 June 2013
Sean Lennon – son of peace activists John Lennon and Yoko Ono – thought that someone who disagreed with him on fracking was a good âargument for abortionâ.
Or, if youâre still not convinced, just peruse the comments on my movieâsFacebook pageÂ left by anti-fracking activists. Such pleasant people!Â Read more »