Monday December 17, 2012, 9:55 am
Ty for posting Cal. The movie sounds understated to me. . .yet a good and necessary dose [need to view to genuinely assess.] The oil and gas industry is a blight leading blights on humanity and the entire earth's biosphere. What was done to Tim DeChristopher alone should have been the the signal. . .wake-up call of the decade. . .yet the vast, vast, vast majority of the human population do not even know who he is. Thank nature and eternal realms and ALL of those who worked beside him in good faith [of all beliefs and non-beliefs] that he is out of prison now. Western Civilization is in an advanced diseased state. . .the sooner this can be recognized by a substantial majority of human participants the quicker the species as a whole can begin to make significant healing progress. To naysayers. . .this is not to denegate nor demean any and all good efforts taking place each and everyday. . .if acts and thoughts are in balance with REAL life on earth then of course they are obviously in good measure. . . attempting to use obvious good works and deeds as counter defense mechanisms. . .is just more unnecessary wastes of time and energy. . .
Monday December 17, 2012, 10:04 am
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” ― Ansel Adams
“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.” ― Rachel Carson
"The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun." ―Ralph Nader
"If in a given community unchecked popular rule means unlimited waste and destruction of the natural resources—soil, fertility, waterpower, forests, game, wild-life generally—which by right belong as much to subsequent generations as to the present generation, then it is sure proof that the present generation is not yet really fit for self-control, that it is not yet really fit to exercise the high and responsible privilege of a rule which shall be both by the people and for the people. The term “for the people” must always include the people unborn as well as the people now alive, or the democratic ideal is not realized." — U.S. Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
"It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity. I hope that someday, our humanity might yet surpass our technology." —Albert Einstein
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." ―Richard P. Feynman
“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.” —George Carlin
"Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself." ―Henry David Thoreau
Monday December 17, 2012, 1:35 pm
When an industry refuses to list what chemicals they are using in fracking and does not want local communities to have a say, then you know that SOMETHING IS CROOKED AND AMISS!!!!! Fracking, contrary to what anyone says, is simply NOT SAFE. There are too many cases of contaminated well water, health problems, dying and sick farm animals and vegetation turning brown. Despite this knowledge many people will sell their souls to get a chunk of the money from this dangerous practice.
Monday December 17, 2012, 2:35 pm
I'd like to think that if people understood the facts, that they'd not only be giving up their way of life but their health and life itself for whatever they were paid to have fracking done on or near their land, that they'd stop allowing it, in so far as they were allowed to not allow it...
But the Big Lie works, and that's what the industry's working on...
If polluting industry had put the money they've put into falsified 'science' and PR over the past century of literally getting away with widespread murder (of the environment as well as of workers, consumers and the general public) into safer products, procedures and pollution reduction, we'd have a much healthier world, something that would also have reduced pharma drug sales, sold/produced by petrochemical companies, even if they are turning GM...
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:46 pm
I live near the town that was used as the basis for this film. I've heard townspeople interviewed on the radio and from what I can tell, the portrayal of the soil damage and health issues is valid. Even after a vote was taken, there were so many delays, restrictions and debates. Ultimately, the green dollar won. Please see the film and spread its message - even if it is somewhat dramatized. After all, it is still supposed to entertain or it would be a documentary.
Monday December 17, 2012, 8:33 pm
Noted, thanks Cal. Fear, without acknowledging the source with logic, and thinking of positive actions, can be a terrible emotion, leading not only the individual running the wrong directions, but taking others with them. The oil/gas & coal industries are running, with tremendous fear of their only means of survival, is being threatened. They are using the weapons they have used in the past that worked. Only perseverance for more benign energy sources, will slow them down in their attacks against changes.
The outcome of the energy and human over population wars, decides the future and quality of life on this planet.
Monday December 17, 2012, 9:19 pm
Big Oil isn't suffering, but little people are! If they can't take the criticism, they should stop pumping their deadly chemicals into the ground and hurting the people and wildlife in the vicinity of their fracturing activities. Good for Matt Damon! The Halliburton loophole ensured that Big Oil doesn't have to be honest with the people being affected by their activities. Why should anyone give them the peace and security of even more privacy?
"DeSmog was given an exclusive chance to view the movie before its release and it is quite clear that Promised Land is not an environmental-scare flick. In fact, it’s not even anti-fracking, per se. Instead, the movie takes a close look at the economic realities that drive people to lease their land, the dying prospects for family farms, and remains vague about fracking’s environmental impacts."
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 7:46 am
Thanks for the article, it expressed an angle of the fracking industry's situation that I wasn't aware of before. Control of the situation by local governments sounds like one way local citizens have a chance to fight the fracking industry and protect their land. I'm looking forward to the movie, and taking my children to see it. We've already watched Gasland, which I thought was an excellent representation of the dangers fracking imposes, but I'm glad to see something coming out of Hollywood that will add to public knowledge, or at least get a conversation started, about a very important issue.