As a response to Promised Land and Gasland, two scurrilous movies about the alleged dangers of fracking for natural gas, one of which I reviewed here, FrackNation was developed. It’s producer, Phelim McAleer, got annoyed with the obvious slant of these two movies, and decided to create a counter-balance. Said McAleer, “We’re excited that American gets to see the truth about fracking. This [is] a film funded by the people, for the people.”
He’s referring to how he raised the money for the project: crowdfunding. Kickstarter uses the internet to raise funds for projects like FrackNation in a unique way. An investor doesn’t expect to get a return on his money, except for perhaps a personal note of thanks from the producer, or tickets to a premier showing. But it does give those annoyed enough with the liberal slant of movies like Promised Land and Gasland to put their money to work in exploding the myth and supporting the freedom fight.
Here’s what Mark Perry wrote about the trials and tribulations McAleer had to endure in order to launch this:
FrackNation was funded by 3,305 backers through crowd-funding website Kickstarter. It was one of the most successful documentary campaigns ever launched through Kickstarter. FrackNation follows journalist Phelim McAleer across America as he faces threats, malicious 911 calls and bogus lawsuits for just trying to question green extremists for the truth about fracking. McAleer uncovers fracking facts suppressed by environmental activists, and he talks with rural Americans whose livelihoods are at risk if fracking is banned.
McAleer is fearless. He confronted the producer of Gasland about one of its more egregious falsehoods: people being able to set fire to tap water because of fracking. It was a lie, McAleer knew it, and confronted Gasland‘s producer, Josh Fox, about it. You can view the video of it here. What’s interesting is that after the video went public, Fox got the video removed from YouTube. McAleer had to divert time, energy and resources to get YouTube to put it back up.
This is a war, no question about it. It’s not about truth and falsehood. It’s about promoting a lie and whenever someone tries to expose the lie, he is subject to all manner of pressures and attacks.
I’m going to see if I can view it. It’s on the AXS.tv channel.