It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.Written by
Sundance Film Festival
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Throughout this documentary I kept thinking about the endless whining Republicans engage in when they're asked to protect the environment, as if money is vastly more important than anything that's ever existed on the Earth.
These pollution scenarios can be laid at the feet of the Bushes, Cheneys, Limbaughs, Becks, Hannitys, Palins, Blankenships and other greediots who treat nature like a dumping ground, often citing "God's plan" as an excuse. How do people get so sick in the head that they think money is more important than life itself? These are the same parasites who keep claiming that global warming is a hoax, or the ozone hole was never a problem. Will we ever get that garbage out of the human gene pool?
The message in this film is a powerful one, and goes well beyond the specific issue of "fracking" to cover any enterprise that disturbs nature on a large scale. The sheer footprint of drilling operations on the physical landscape is another depressing angle, almost as bad as the water and air pollution. You can easily see these rigs and access roads in satellite photos. The rapidity of their deployment is changing the map daily. Thanks, Bush & Cheney for your "wise use" loopholes that may never be fully closed.
The human flood seems destined to grow until it consumes every possible acre that can satiate gluttony (temporarily). Wind turbines are no exception, even though they wear a "green" mantle. Future plans for endless construction will turn non-industrialized acreage into an old curiosity. That's "progress" by the standard growthist definition. Leave no "productive" land untouched. I can see national parks being ringed by the sights and odors of drilling rigs, leaving no real place to escape to. It's already encroaching on the Tetons.
The only weakness of this documentary was the shaky, often poorly focused camera work, though it worked to exaggerate the grim mood and some of it seemed intentional. Pro cameraman or not, Mr. Fox had guts in making this piece and is to be highly commended.
Still, I was left with the sick feeling that legislation will never fully decontaminate these activities because so many people are basically evil.
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