Video: Truthland is the answer to Gasland

posted at 11:01 am on July 1, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

If you’ve read Hot Air even infrequently over the last few years, you’ve seen my rather disgusted comments over the filmmaker / fabulist Josh Fox and his pseudo-documentary “Gasland.” (No link provided. You can go Google it if you like.) It was one of the most baldly outrageous pack of distortions ever packaged and sold to the country as a “documentary” about hydrofracking and the natural gas industry. This year somebody finally came up with a response to this from a basic, human perspective. It’s a somewhat shorter film called “Truthland.”

In it, one woman from a farm in Pennsylvania who was looking at leasing her land for natural gas extraction goes on a journey to speak with experts from both sides of the aisle and see what all the fuss was about and explores the alarming claims made in Gasland.

While Josh Fox made a ton of cash off of his hysterical, alarmist piece, the makers of Truthland offer it to you on YouTube. (Though it would be nice if you paid a visit to their website.)

I won’t spoil the whole thing for you, but there are two takeaways I would like to share. First, the “money shot” in Gasland comes when a guy in Pennsylvania turns on the water in his kitchen sink and is able to light it because of all the flammable gasses in the area. (Presumably because of all the fracking in the area.) In Truthland, a homeowner in New York – where fracking has always been and remains illegal today- does the same thing. He lives atop a gas field, as do so many citizens of Pennsylvania, and he drilled a well for water.

The second gem comes from none other than EPA chief Lisa Jackson. I’ll let Obama’s regulatory chief speak for herself:

In no case have we made a definitive determination that fracking has affected ground water.

Please visit their excellent site, but in the meantime, here’s the film. It’s roughly one half hour, but I assure you that it’s well worth your time to watch.


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Gas!

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Energy is evil for America we should just be Brazil’s best customer.

Grunt on July 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

…Windpower!

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

It was one of the most baldly outrageous pack of distortions ever packaged and sold to the country as a “documentary”

Fox took his cue from Algore.

petefrt on July 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Truth has no place in this country. But if you must have it – find it on your own (interwebs maybe) but we will have to tax you for that activity.

koaiko on July 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It was one of the most baldly outrageous pack of distortions ever packaged and sold to the country as a “documentary”

Fox took his cue from Algore.

petefrt on July 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Or was it Mikey Moore?

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Leprechaun Guineas and Irish whiskey farts are the ‘energy’ of the future and Lisa Jackass knows this. Everyone knows there is no such thing as a unicorn.

LizardLips on July 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Energy is evil for America we should just be Brazil’s best customer.

Grunt on July 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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Your first five words express EXACTLY the mental attitude of the people driving the so-called Green Movement.

It’s all about disabling and weakening the United States.

Period.

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

We have exceeded the ozone levels in our metro area in June

We exceeded them for 2 reasons.

They arbitrarily lowered the “acceptable levels”

we have had low wind. We had nearby grass and forrest fires.

So the EPA wants to do punitive taxation for events which we don’t control.

seven on July 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

My little friend wanted me to make a correction. It’s Guiness. Sorry.

LizardLips on July 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Watermelon nightmare: An energy independent America.

Knott Buyinit on July 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

We must all live in caves and eat bushes or mother Gaia will be angry with us… or something…

SWalker on July 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Watermelon nightmare: An energy independent America.

Knott Buyinit on July 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The Watermelon Environmentalist need to meet Gallagher’s Watermelon Mallet of Doom.

SWalker on July 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I apologize Jazz; I had you pegged incorrectly as anti-fracking. With a google search i now see three 2011 posts from you on the subject, and hadn’t recalled seeing them.

MTF on July 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Absolute Nonsense…but they appreciate the traffic we generate.

On the other hand… how about I introduce one of the ‘good guys’ with a GREAT video especially for Sunday Morning.

Everlasting Rock

Ed, you should feature this guy every now and then. Good stuff. Lets promote conservatives.

Crank it & Good bless.

deedtrader on July 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Watermelon nightmare: An energy independent America.

Knott Buyinit on July 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

And the nightmares only end when Moochelle wakes him up.

MelonCollie on July 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Absolute Nonsense…but they appreciate the traffic we generate.

On the other hand… how about I introduce one of the ‘good guys’ with a GREAT video especially for Sunday Morning.

Everlasting Rock

Ed, you should feature this guy every now and then. Good stuff. Lets promote conservatives.

Crank it & Good bless.

deedtrader on July 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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Yoop on July 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

…if I light one of my pharts in front of EPA Chief Lisa Jackson…what’s she gonna say?

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

THIS…is why Americans are EXCEPTIONAL!!!

Citizen journalism at its finest.

Breitbart would be proud. I know I am.

katy on July 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

…if I light one of my pharts in front of EPA Chief Lisa Jackson…what’s she gonna say?

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

She’s going to have the Forest Service charge you with arson for starting a forest fire on that hairy butt during a “open-burning ban”. ;-)

Yoop on July 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

……don’t forget, this may be the last FREE ELECTION in the U.S.

They’ll come after the Natural Gas Industry “frackers”.

They’ll come after the Oil industry “polluters”.

They’ll come after our gasoline fueled vehicles (Chu and his Energy Department and the EPA).

…..and they are coming after ANY OPPOSITION to the THUG-IN-CHIEF.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Internal Revenue Service is signaling that it will increase its scrutiny of tax-exempt political organizations, which are becoming a force in elections by raising tens of millions of dollars from undisclosed donors.

The IRS has been corresponding with such groups and is preparing questions to ask them as part of effort to determine whether their fundraising or advertising work runs afoul of tax law. IRS spokesman Terry Lemons said on Thursday the scrutiny will affect a range of tax-exempt groups.

The move comes as such tax-exempt groups – many of which have better-known sister organizations known as “Super PACs,” or political action committees – are under criticism from Democrats and some Republicans for using money from anonymous sources to try to influence elections.

Like Super PACs, tax-exempt political groups can raise and spend unlimited funds – in contrast to political campaigns, which may receive only $2,500 per donor each election cycle.

Super PACs, which must disclose their donors, operate independently from campaigns but may release ads that boost or attack specific candidates.

Tax-exempt groups, meanwhile, can qualify under the U.S. tax code as social welfare groups, which allows them to keep their donors private as long as most of their money is spent on so-called “issue ads.” Unlike regular political ads, such ads cannot use a candidate’s name or likeness and are supposed to be used to educate the public on broad issues or positions.

But some ads released by tax-exempt groups have pushed those boundaries, raising questions about the groups’ legal status and calls for them to be forced to disclose their donors, as Super PACs do.

This month, Democratic President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to force Crossroads GPS, a tax-exempt group founded by former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, to register as a PAC and disclose its donors.

Crossroads – which alongside its Super PAC sister plans to spend up to $300 million on the November elections – has drawn criticism for releasing video ads that Democrats say are more political than educational. One recent Crossroads ad featured an image of Obama and said, “Obama says spend more. We need jobs, not more Washington insider deals.”

Such ads seek to avoid being deemed political by the FEC by ending with a call for viewers to take action – such as to write to Obama – rather than call directly for Obama to be ousted from office.

FOLLOWING THE RULES?

A Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday indicated that an IRS probe was under way for large conservative tax-exempt groups such as Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity, which is funded in part by the oil and gas tycoons David and Charles Koch.

The energy industry is only one icon of freedom that the regime is after.

We are Paul Revere!!!

PappyD61 on July 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Fracking caused my boat motor to die.

Bishop on July 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Everybody get your Poindexter hats out and blow hard. With it you can keep your iPad, iPhone or Android going for another few minutes.

chemman on July 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

… if I light one of my pharts in front of EPA Chief Lisa Jackson…what’s she gonna say?

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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She’s going to have the Forest Service charge you with arson for starting a forest fire on that hairy butt during a “open-burning ban”. ;-)

Yoop on July 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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What would we do without the comedy, here. : )

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

It is all about killing off the surplus population, about 260 million, so that the remainder can live a sustainable life with their organic gardens until they run afoul of Wickard for interfering with interstate commerce.

chemman on July 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Being a Texan I’m glad this Pennsylvanian dairy farmer checked it out…Texas welcomes another state to Prosperity

workingclass artist on July 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

THIS…is why Americans are EXCEPTIONAL!!!

Citizen journalism at its finest.

Breitbart would be proud. I know I am.

katy on July 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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Yes, he would.

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

There is another group putting together a documentary called Frack Nation. Should be coming out this summer. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1009530098/fracknation

iurockhead on July 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Kudos! I live in New York just across the border from Shelly. In fact, I was just headed on a motorcycle ride down to Montrose before I checked in at H/A.

Up here, everything about hydro-fracturing is pure FUD, and Andrew Cuomo is tearing an Alinsky page from Obama’s playbook. At first, fracking was prohibited. Now, the state environmental agency is “permitting” fracking. Go ahead and guess how many permits have been issued and how fast they’re being issued.

It’s hard to fight for something that’s already been approved.

PopsRacer on July 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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It is all about killing off the surplus population, about 260 million, so that the remainder can live a sustainable life with their organic gardens until they run afoul of Wickard for interfering with interstate commerce.

chemman on July 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

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Killing off the surplus population (that would be “cannon fodder” to Maurice Strong) is unfortunately too easy in Third World countries.
With the currency-collapse imminent from Greece to Western Europe in addition to the exponential increase in Islamic influence, it’s going to get easier there as well.
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But somehow, in spite of a growing Islamic population here, and almost no enforcement of our southern border, AND the Federal Reserve Bank controlling our currency, AND Progressive politicians in every corner of our government (on all levels), we (the United States) still manage to stand in the way of their ultimate goal.

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Obligatory Democrat response:
“She’s a woman. What does she know?”

Glenn Jericho on July 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Further proof that Josh Fox is a charlatan.

Red Cloud on July 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Fracking caused my boat motor to die.

Bishop on July 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

And then your boat sank… with all your lovely guns aboard… A tragedy I tell ya, a genuine bona fide tragedy…

SWalker on July 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

In Southern California of all places, we have fracked wells in the Wilmington field for oil completion for over 40 years now without any issues or environmental leaks into the water supply. The Obowma EPA has halted the procedure based solely on political and environmental concerns which are unfounded.

If the environmentally sensitive Calif. Coastal Commission and other state agencies in the state of California have allowed fracking for over 40 years, surely the process is safe.

dthorny on July 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Gasland is just Marketing for another agenda. I wonder if they compared a 1 mile stretch of the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles to all the wells ever constructed to see which is potentially more dangerous.

46blitz on July 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM

…doing the job American journalists won’t.

TexAz on July 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Organized and very impressively done.

hawkdriver on July 1, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Could you imagine this lady doing documentaries on various parts of the present regime? Like Fast and Furious. She did a a great job and the people that put it together used a good storytelling way.

I liked it. The whole thing.

auspatriotman on July 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Very good video. A gal with no agenda asks normal questions to all sides and comes up with an informing documentary.

DanMan on July 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM