The following is the text of a talk I made in September to some oil industry people in Nashville:
In the opening sequence of the movie Gasland, Josh Fox, the film’s producer, said:
One day I got a letter in the mail. It was from a natural gas company. The letter told me that my land was on top of a formation that was called the Marcellus Shale which stretched across Pennsylvania… New York… Ohio… and West Virginia… and that the Marcellus Shale was the “Saudi Arabia” of natural gas.
I could lease my land to this company and I would receive a signing bonus of $4750 an acre. Having 19.5 acres, that was nearly $100,000… Right there in my hand. Could it be that easy?
No, it couldn’t. Many investigative journalists have explored Fox’s opening remarks and discovered that nearly every one of them was a lie. One of the most careful was Tom Shepstone, owner of Shepstone Management Company: “Every aspect of his story turns out to be a falsehood.” The math doesn’t work: his signing bonus would be $92,625, not $100,000. His land couldn’t be used for drilling: it was too hilly. The land didn’t belong to him: it belonged to his father. No natural gas company was making offers in 2008, the year Fox said he received the letter. When natural gas developers were making offers, they were making them via email, not by letter.
The lease didn’t come in the mail from a gas company. It appears that he simply grabbed an email copy from someone else, fabricated a story around it, added some video of a flaming faucet and, presto, Gasland was born.
The most memorable, and outrageous, segment of Gasland concerned the flaming faucet belonging to Weld County, Colorado homeowner Mike Markham. In that segment, when a lighted match touched water flowing from a kitchen faucet, it virtually exploded into flame. Not mentioned in that sequence, however, was that Markham well knew about his flaming faucet long before Fox showed up on his doorstep with his cameramen and that he knew that it had nothing to do with any development of oil or natural gas on his property. Fox failed to mention that Markham had earlier asked representatives from Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to come out and survey his water. Fox failed to include this statement from the COGCC upon completion of their analysis:
We concluded that Mike Markham’s wells contained biogenic gas that was not related to oil and gas activity.
Unfortunately, Gasland dismisses our Markham finding out of hand…
It should be noted that the COGCC’s director, Dave Neslin, offered to speak with Gasland’s producer, Josh Fox, on camera during the filming of the movie.
Unfortunately, Mr. Fox declined.
Flush with the success of Gasland, Fox created another screed, The Sky Is Pink, in which he attempted to show that the incidence of breast cancer among women living above the Barnett Shale formation in Texas spiked, directly because of that development. When David Risser, an epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry looked into it, he found no evidence whatsoever of such a spike. People with the Susan B. Komen Foundation also looked into Fox’s allegations and found them to be false as well.
Fox was now on a roll. He created Gasland II which showed a homeowner in Parker County, Texas, setting fire to water coming out of his garden hose, thanks to tracking. This got the attention of the Texas District Court, which reported:
[the homeowner conspired with a local consultant to] intentionally attach a garden hose to a gas line – not to a water line – and then light and burn the gas from the end of the nozzle of the hose.
The demonstration was not done for scientific study but to provide local and national news media with a deceptive video, calculated to alarm the public into believing the water was burning…
A cursory glance into the people involved in making Gasland will reveal links to Debra Winger, Pete Seeger, Stanford environmentalist professor Mark Jacobsen, HBO promoting his films and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival giving the film one of its awards.
For a deeper understanding of the people, forces and groups behind the attack on tracking, however, one must go back to 1975 with the publishing of Tragedy and Hope by Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley. Six years later Quigley published The Anglo-American Establishment. In these books Quigley exposed the machinations of a network that had been influencing American public policy behind the scenes for years.
Quigley’s liberal credentials were impeccable. He had three earned degrees from Harvard, he taught for years at Princeton, Harvard and at Georgetown University. He was a consultant to the Defense Department, the US Navy and the Smithsonian Institute. His credentials lent great credibility to his exposure of the network.
Wrote Dr. Quigley:
I know of the operations of this network because I studied it for 20 years and was permitted for two years in the early 1960s to examine its papers and secret records.
I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have for much of my life been close to it and to many of its instruments.
I have objections… to a few of its policies.… but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.
When McMillan and Company published Tragedy and Hope they learned very quickly that there was a huge demand for the book and the first edition sold out almost immediately. For reasons unknown, McMillan refused to republish it. At the time, this writer was offered a black market copy of the book which he used as source material for many years. With the advent of the Internet, that book is now available for free just by searching for its title.
Since then, others have not only discovered the network but have written extensively about it. David Rothkopf calls it The Superclass while Boston University Professor Angelo Codevilla calls it The Ruling Class. When Robert Welch founded the John Birch Society, he referred to this network as The Insiders.
The 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, was aware of this network, writing in 1913 in his book “The New Freedom”:
Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the US in the field of commerce and manufacture are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told the London press about this network in 1922:
From the days of Spartacus, Weishaupt, Karl Marx, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemberg, and Emma Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th century.
And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.
One of the best studies of this network was published in 1988 by James Perloff called The Shadows Of Power: The Council On Foreign Relations And The American Decline. It remains today a standard work in understanding the network, who they are, and, more importantly, what their intentions are. Wrote Perloff:
In the public mind, the American establishment is probably most associated with big business and with wealthy, old-line families. The sons of these families have long followed a traditional career path that begins with private schools, the most famous being Groton.
From there they have typically proceeded to Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Columbia, entering exclusive fraternities such as Yale’s secretive Skull and Bones.
Some of the brightest have traveled to Oxford for graduate work as Rhodes Scholars. From academia they have customarily progressed to Wall Street, perhaps joining an international investment bank [like David Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan Bank, now called JPMorgan Chase] or a prominent law firm or brokerage house.
Some of the politically inclined have signed on with establishment think tanks like the Brookings Institute or the Rand Corporation.
As they have matured, a few have found themselves on the boards of vast foundations: Rockefeller, Ford and Carnegie.
And, ultimately, some have advanced into “public service” – high positions in the federal government.
For the latter, there has long been a requisite membership in a New York-based group called the Council on Foreign Relations – CFR for short. Since its founding in 1921, the Council has been the establishment’s chief link to the US government.
In the early 1950s, members of the House of Representatives began to get nervous about the influence of those foundations and created a committee to investigate them, called the Reece Committee. The director of research for that committee was Norman Dodd, who was interviewed by Ed Griffin, the author of The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve. Here is the salient part of that interview from 1982:
NORMAN DODD: Rowan Gaither was, at the time, president of the Ford Foundation. Mr. Gaither had sent for me when I found it convenient to be in New York and asked me to call upon him at his office, which I did. Upon arrival, after a few amenities, Mr. Gaither said: “Mr. Dodd, we’ve asked to come up here today because we thought that possibly, off the record, you would tell us why the Congress is interested in the activities of foundations such as ourselves.” Before I could think of how I would reply to that statement, Mr. Gaither then went on voluntarily and said:
Mr. Dodd, all of us who have had a hand in the making of policies here have had experience either with the OSS [forerunner to the CIA] during the war or the European Economic Administration after the war. We’ve had experience operating under directives, and these directives emanate and did emanate from the White House. Now, we still operate under just such directives. Would you like to know what the substance of these directives is?
I said,” Mr. Gaither, I’d like very much to know,” whereupon he made this statement to me:
Mr. Dodd, we are here to operate in response to similar directives, the substance of which is that we shall use our grant- making power so as to alter life in the United States so that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union…
[Our task is to] covertly lower the standard of living, the whole social structure, of America so that it can be merged with all other nations.
If there is one individual, still living, with as much influence among the insiders in their effort to accomplish this as any other, it would be David Rockefeller. In his autobiography Memoirs, Rockefeller wrote:
For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions.
Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as “internationalists” and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will.
If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
The environmental movement began with the creation of the Club of Rome in 1968. Its founding statement reveals who it perceives to be the enemy:
The common enemy of humanity is man.
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill that all these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome.
The real enemy then, is humanity itself.
To confirm that that opening statement still fairly represents the Club’s current view of the world, here are a few selected quotes from writers who have recently contributed to the Club’s Kosmos Journal:
Modern industrial civilization is fast outstripping the earth’s natural regenerative and life supporting capacity….
A radical change from the current trajectory is required, a complete reordering of global society….
Democracy has failed us. A new system of global governance, based on environmental imperatives, must be implemented quickly.
And to be certain that the Club’s purposes have not changed in the last 46 years, Professor Ugo Bardi of the University of Florence, serving on the Club’s board, said this to the World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland in October 2013:
We are facing today an unprecedented global challenge: that of the overexploitation of the world’s resources. Not only are most natural resources being exploited faster than they can reform, but we are saturating the capability of the atmosphere to absorb the products of the combustion of fossil fuels, with the result of potentially catastrophic climate change.
[The solution] means slowing down the exploitation rate…
[We must] operate in a concerted effort to slow down and eventually stop the deadly economic growth machine.
Some of the insiders either serving on the Club’s board or contributing time, influence and money to its efforts include: Al Gore, Maurice Strong, Mikhail Gorbachev, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Tony Blair, Tim Wirth, Henry Kissinger, George Soros, along with the inevitable, ubiquitous, indestructible and seemingly eternal David Rockefeller.
With this understanding of the genus of the environmental movement, a much closer look at Josh Fox’s movie Gasland will prove useful. Actress Debra Winger (An Officer And A Gentleman, Urban Cowboy, Terms of Endearment, Shadowlands), coproduced Gasland with Fox. She described herself as a “furious campaigner” for Barack Obama when he was campaigning for the presidency in 2008. Winger’s close friends said she endangered her health as she embarked on a nonstop schedule to address various Jewish groups around the country regarding their concerns about Obama’s Muslim background.
Pete Seeger also advised Fox on Gasland. Known popularly as a folk singer (Where Have All The Flowers Gone, If I Had A Hammer, We Shall Overcome, Turn Turn Turn), Seeger became interested in the radical left, reading Communist newspapers as early as age 13, and joining the Young Communist League at age 20. Years later, when he was charged with contempt of Congress for not answering questions about his Communist background and affiliations, the committee doing the investigating published the names of more than 100 Communist fronts that Seeger had supported. A few years before his death Seeger was asked about his Communist background and Seeger responded: “I’m still a Communist.”
Next up is Professor Mark Jacobsen, director of Stanford University’s Atmosphere and Energy Program. Two of his papers published in the Energy Policy Journal, are sufficient to confirm his bias. He spelled out what it would take for the planet to go completely “WWS” – wind, water, solar:
3.8 million 5 MW wind turbines
49,300 MW concentrated solar plants
40,300 MW solar photovoltaic power plants
1.7 billion 3 kW rooftop photovoltaic systems
5,350 100 MW geothermal power plants, and
270 new 1300 MW hydroelectric power plants.
To put things in perspective, the Hoover Dam generates about 2000 MW of power. Nowhere in those articles does Jacobson count the cost nor does he explain who exactly will fund this massive effort. He also fails to mention the gigantic negative environmental impact construction of these facilities would involve.
HBO was so enamored with Fox’s production of Gasland that it invested $750,000 into Fox’s production of Gasland II. HBO is owned by Time Warner and a brief examination of the top people at Time Warner uncovers, as expected, high-level connections with the Council on Foreign Relations. For instance, Jeff Bewkes, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner, is a member of the CFR, along with Jessica Einhorn, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Of the five Executive Vice Presidents, two of them are members of the CFR: Gary Ginsberg and Carol Melton. Of Time Warner’s four Divisional CEOs, two are members, including Richard Leffler, Chairman and CEO of Home Box Office itself. The other, Philip Kent, is Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System.
Sundance Festival, which presented an award to Josh Fox for Gasland, was founded and is now chaired by Robert Redford and is financed by the Open Society Foundation, backed by George Soros.
It is fair to conclude, based on the evidence, that Josh Fox is not only a liar, but he is corrupt, a puppet, a “turtle on a fence post” and, most importantly, a Useful Idiot. That last descriptor was deliberately selected as it reflects accurately Josh Fox’s position in the grand environmental scheme put together by the Insiders. Wikipedia defines a Useful Idiot as:
A term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.
The term has been used in a similar sense as fellow travelers and other Communist or Soviet Union sympathizers in Western countries during the Cold War. The implication was that, although the people in question naïvely thought of themselves as liberals standing for a benign socialist ideological cause and as valued allies of the Soviet Union, they were actually held in contempt and were being cynically used by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union for subversive activities in their native Western countries.
The use of the term in political discourse has since been extended to other propagandists, especially those who are seen to unwittingly support a malignant cause which they naïvely believe to be a force for good.
Josh Fox will stay in the public eye as long as he is useful to the Insiders. Once his usefulness ends he will disappear from public view, to be replaced by another Useful Idiot promoting the environmentalists’ destructive purposes. The next time an anti-fracking rally takes place, an anti-fracking video pops up in the popular media, or a carefully crafted article condemning fracking appears in a national newspaper, one can be almost completely certain that he is viewing the outer edges of the Insider’s public campaign to shut down America.