Hollywood Fracks Up
by James Delingpole: Are
Wind Farms Saving or Killing Us? A Provocative Investigation Claims
Thousands of People Are Falling Sick Because They Live Near Them
new film Promised Land sounds really promising.
a cynical young man sent by a large wind farm company to a lovely
village in rural Pennsylvania to seduce the locals with tales of
the massive sums of money they'll make if they sign a deal to have
huge wind turbines built on their farmland.
signs flash in the greedy hicks' eyes. This wind farm scam is crazy:
no way would they have made that much money in their entire lives
from just farming. Every one rushes to Damon: "Where do I sign?"
has begun falling in love with a local farm girl who tells him the
truth about wind farms: that they're ugly, that they kill birds
and bats, that they ravage the countryside, blight views, divide
communities and make people sick with their Low Frequency Noise.
of bribing locals to have these bat-chomping bird-slicing eco-crucifixes
erected in their village, Damon leads the fight back. NO MORE WIND
is saved and he and the girl live happily ever after.
If only. But
the sad truth is that this lame-assed, eco-propaganda movie has
nothing whatsoever to do with the genuine threat of wind farms but
with the almost wholly imaginary one of fracking. Fracking has been
a godsend to the US economy, blessing it with clean, cheap, abundant
energy which has enriched those states lucky enough to have big
shale gas reserves, created jobs and increased America's energy
security by reducing its reliance on imported gas from unstable
to like about shale gas?
And this is proving something of a problem for America's showbiz
bleeding hearts. As we saw the other day with the Sean and Yoko
story, being opposed to shale gas is the new black for every two-bit
celebrity. Like having a "Free Tibet" bumper sticker on
your Porsche Cayenne, it shows you CARE. The
propaganda machine opposing shale gas development is massive and
very well-funded. Its opponents include the Russian natural
gas giant Gazprom, the Park Foundation (which since 2009 has spent
over $3 million funding 'grassroots' opposition to shale gas), and
pretty much everyone involved in the renewable energy scam. When
you hear people like Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey talking down
British shale gas prospects, what you're hearing is green ideology:
the environmental movement loathes shale gas because it renders
expensive, environmentally unfriendly "alternatives" like
wind and solar essentially superfluous.
But back to
that Hollywood problem I mentioned a moment ago. If shale gas
and fracking aren't bad, how the hell do you make a half-way
convincing movie in which they are the villain of the piece (aka
The monster that needs to be slain: if you've read Christopher Booker's
Seven Basic Plots you'll know what I mean here)?
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