“The Sky is Pink” (2012) is a short documentary film by Josh Fox made as a follow-up to his controversial 2010 film “Gasland”1 about the current rush of oil and gas corporations to use public lands to extract natural gas. The process is called ‘hydraulic fracturing’ or ‘fracking’. It was developed by (guess who?) the Halliburton Corporation.
It is a très bad idea. The petroleum consortiums are going all out to convince voters to vote2,3 for the party that ‘supports’ domestic oil and gas production… using the standard raft of half-truths, misinformation and out-and-out lies. I’ll give you a hint: the ‘party’ in question is NOT the Democrats. You may have seen some of those 30 sec. “… and I’m an energy voter” spots currently slathered all over television… While not coming right out and saying “Vote Republican!”, the intent is crystal clear. They have also spent millions to discredit Josh Fox and “Gasland”… while Mr. Fox may have got a few fiddling details wrong, the vast bulk of information in the film is spot on4.
I was a bit surprised to hear of David Letterman’s (apparently) off-the-cuff rant5 against fracking this week. More people should follow his example to get their collective thumbs out of their collective asses and drink more vodka!
‘Fracking’ is a ridiculously dangerous thing to do and should not be permitted ANYWHERE. You can’t ‘uncontaminate’ an aquifer! Once ruined, it’s RUINED, and plants, animals, people and everything up and down the food chain are put at great risk. The corporations involved display a stunning lack of concern and continue to count their ‘filthy lucre’ while dismantling the EPA. Check the links and watch the films and judge for yourself.
1 YouTube: Gasland (2010) (complete film)
5 David Letterman on-air rant on fracking: 18 July 2012. (The Late Show).