Facebook Suspends FrackNation Page for Telling the Truth about Fracking

Thanks to the families’ allegations – eagerly, unquestioningly repeated in the green propaganda movies Gasland and Gasland 2 and frequently cited by activists like Mark Ruffalo and Yoko Ono – Dimock is now synonymous with environmental disaster. Not only have its faucets (taps to UK readers) been on shown on screen to burst into flames when you set a match to them but aggrieved locals have attested to the sickness the allegedly contaminated water has caused them, even to the point where they “won’t even shower in it.”

Now the case has finally come to trial, however, it is proving absolutely disastrous to the fracktivists’ cause: none of the claims by the two families – the Ely and the Hubert family – appear to be standing up.

Despite claiming to have suffered neurological, gastrointestinal, and dermatological damage from drinking the water, the families have had to admit they can produce no evidence of this. Indeed, they never even visited a doctor, not even when their children had supposedly been poisoned.

The Ely family were so oddly unperturbed by the deadly toxic water beneath them that they built a $1 million mansion on top of it.

Scott Ely has not proved to be the most credible of witnesses:

Read the rest at Breitbart.

Shale Gas Is Rearden Metal

For my summer holidays I have been mostly reading Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand has her faults but, boy, was she prescient.

One of the things she foresaw was the current nonsensical, dishonest, canting campaign against shale gas. In Atlas Shrugged it takes the form of Rearden Metal, the miracle technology which is going to transform the US economy if only the progressives will let it. But of course, Rand’s fictional progressives don’t want Reardon Metal to succeed any more than their modern, real-life equivalents want shale gas to succeed.
Why not? For the same rag-bag of made-up, disingenuous reasons which progressives have used to justify their war on progress since time immemorial: it’s unfair, it uses up scarce resources, it might be dangerous. Rand doesn’t actually use the phrase “the precautionary principle.” But this is exactly what she is describing in the book when various vested interests – the corporatists in bed with big government, the politicised junk-scientists at the Institute of Science (aka, in our world, the National Academy of Sciences or the Royal Society), the unions – try to close down the nascent technology using the flimsiest of excuses.

Here’s an excerpt from the book. (The story so far: in an ailing economy brought low by the sclerotic regulation of the bloated state, a dwindling band of entrepreneurs try to stick up for free enterprise. One of them is Hank Rearden who forges a new kind of metal, stronger and lighter than steel. But his rivals don’t like it, and unlike Rearden, they have friends in DC. Soon an unhelpful report is produced by a special committee of the National Council of Metal Industries…)

They said Rearden Metal is a threat to public safety. They said its chemical composition is unsound, it’s brittle, it’s decomposing molecularly, and it will crack suddenly without warning […..] They’re experts, though, the men on that committee. Top experts. Chief metallurgists for the biggest corporations, with a string of degrees from universities all over the country.

You may have noticed something similar going on with the anti-shale gas campaign. All those “experts” – many from the oil or renewables industries, no doubt with a string of degrees from universities all over the country – who’ve worked so effectively to delay shale gas exploitation in Britain with their ingenious excuses: our shale plays aren’t the same as America’s [true: the Bowland shale, for example, is significantly deeper]; our denser population makes it harder to extract without disruption or environmental damage [what? And wind turbines aren’t guilty of doing the same, only with far less obvious benefit?]; that the cost of gas won’t significantly drop [yeah, that’s really persuasive that one. We’ve got trillions of cubic feet of gas on our doorstep but when we drill for it and vastly increase available supply it won’t have any effect on price??].

Then, of course, there are those five big lies about shale gas so brilliantly nailed by Matt Ridley. The one about polluted aquifers, the one about methane, the one about excess water use, the one about the “hundreds of chemicals” the BBC tells us are pumped into the ground, the one about “earthquakes”: none of them is credible – yet you hear them being spouted by “experts” and green campaigners and concerned citizens all the time. Well, no wonder those citizens are concerned. When they hear some “authority” given airtime on the BBC and coming up with the usual spiel about earthquakes and water contamination, they not unreasonably expect that that person has been chosen because they know what they’re talking about. It never occurs to them that these people might either be liars or green zealots beyond all reason or paid advocates for the massively well-funded and well-advanced anti-fracking campaign (which has, I’d estimate, a good hundred times more to spend on its propaganda than the pro-fracking campaign does).

And so the poisonous meme spreads from corporate liar to greenie activist to useful idiot to gullible prat to Home Counties Tory voter. Suddenly, everyone thinks they know fracking is a bad thing. Even the Church of England now feels able to chip in its tuppenny ha’penny’s worth, though on God knows what evidence. Faith in Gaia, presumably.

Again, Ayn Rand foresaw all this. Swelling the ranks of the anti-Rearden-Metal protesters are all sorts of unlikely pressure groups – especially after Rearden Metal is used to make the sleepers on the new, fast, efficient Rio Norte railway line.

“I don’t like the resolution passed by the convention of grade school teachers of New Mexico” said Taggart.

“What resolution?”

“They resolved that it was their opinion that children should not be permitted to ride on the new Rio Norte Line of Taggart Transcontinental when it’s completed because it is unsafe.”

Ah yes. The convention of grade school teachers of New Mexico: of course they’d know. Just like Prince Charles knows. And Natalie Bennet and Caroline Lucas of the Green party knows. And those bright, clued-up sparks in the Diocese of Blackburn know.

Perhaps they gained their expertise from that experty expert Josh Fox the maker of Gasland. Because he’s reliable; he’d never just make stuff up, would he?

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5 thoughts on “Shale gas is Rearden Metal”

  1. borat says:26th August 2013 at 4:34 amyou shoul shave yr head mate – someone’s got be honest with you
  2. borat says:26th August 2013 at 4:34 amyou shoul shave yr head mate – someone’s got be honest with you
  3. Colin Brogan says:3rd September 2013 at 6:50 pmJames the more I read you the more I`m convinced that your`e a nut case, a flat earther.
    Seeing that you are a supporter of fracking, question, would you live next to a drill site?

    1. cicero666 says:8th September 2013 at 3:16 pmI would, rather than a turbine – mainly because shale Gas is actually useful.
  4. cicero666 says:8th September 2013 at 3:23 pmGreat ! I would not choose to live next to it, but wow these things are actually useful. They don’t protest endlessly against everything and collect their money for their causes from addled members of the public. They pump OIL out of the ground, and it is very useful. Fuels and feedstock for the chemical industry.

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Kickstarter, FrackNation and Proof That There IS a God!

Ghastly bien-pensant twerps take note

OK, so you’re a BBC/Channel 4/CNBC commissioning editor. Or you’re maybe in charge of the selection panel for the Sundance Film Festival. Or you’re a feature writer for the New York Times and you’re wondering which pieces of gag-making worthiness to big up next. Which of these projects are you going to choose:

1. The one about the alleged victim of a racist miscarriage of justice.

2. The Occupy-style critique of Western Industrial civilisation.

3. The movie singing the praises of evil capitalist devil fuel, shale gas.

Well, obviously, it’s a no brainer. The first two get funding and attention and the third one gets ignored completely. It’s the way of the world. That’s how the liberal MSM exerts its grip on the culture – and has done since at least the days of Gramsci.

But, wait, what’s this? Could it possibly be that there is a God after all? Well it seems there might be. Just compare and contrast the various degrees of independent funding enthusiasm for these three Kickstarter projects.

Here’s 1. A mooted documentary about a victim of alleged racism, Troy Davis.

At 11:08 P.M. on September 21, 2001, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis for the 1989 shooting death of Officer Mark MacPhail. With him died another piece of the American justice system.

Despite a lack of physical evidence linking Davis to the case, the recanted testimony of 7 or the 9 eye witnesses, three stays of execution, and an international campaign backed by thousands of people, the execution went ahead. But why?

Here’s 2: It’s a Canadian project called Sapience, and to give you a taste what it’s about here’s the blurb:

Driven by a lust for infinite economic growth on a planet of finite resources, our way of life is coursing toward catastrophe. But the danger is largely masked. In a highly mediated world where swelling numbers of people spend more time in front of screens than they do with other people, or in nature, our reckless pursuit of wealth has had disastrous consequences for the future of humanity.

Potent voices from all corners of the globe increasingly warn that even if you are lucky enough to find short-term shelter amidst our sundered society on an increasingly exhausted, discordant planet, you will not easily survive amidst social collapse, mass extinctions and human suffering.

(Hark? What sound is that I hear? A BBC commissioning editor turning Japanese I really think so in orgasmic excitement at the sublime worthiness of this production)

And here’s 3. FrackNation – Phelim McAleer’s and Ann McElhinney’s heartwarming tribute to the world’s most sinister fossil fuel sssssshale gassssss.

Yep. There IS a God.

The only one of these projects which got funding was FrackNation. Already it has raised over $186,000 from 2759 backers: pretty impressive on a website normally associated with liberal causes rather than free market ones. It would have got even more but – in order to prevent any Monbiot types shrieking the usual stuff about it being “funded by Big Oil/Big Carbon/Big Evil Capitalism/Big Koch” the producers decided not to accept any of the money they’d been offered by people from within the shale industry. There’s still time to become one of the film’s financiers – like I am: having donated a princely $20 – because the funding round doesn’t close till Friday. And let me tell you, it will be one of the most satisfying $20 you’ve ever spent. Here you are, a free individual, giving money to the kind of film projects YOU want made, rather than the kind some ghastly bien-pensant twerp of a commissioning editor thinks you ought to watch so as to show solidarity with the world’s oppressed.

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