Once again, celebrities demonstrate their apt leadership on complex environmental issues

posted at 6:31 pm on July 21, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Blergh. I apologize in advance for my intellectual prudery — I realize that Jimmy Fallon’s show is meant to be lighthearted, late-night comedy — but that’s precisely what irks me about this. Thanks to advances in the natural gas industry, largely made possible by the decades-old practice of hydraulic fracturing, the world is witnessing amazing environmental and economic achievements. The far-reaching impacts of this evolving industry are potentially enormous, and when any Americans who watched this show are likely going to walk away from it with an argument against fracking in their heads, the substance of which amounts to arguably humorous sexual innuendo… I just can’t let that stand without saying something.

I watched the fracking-relevant clip of Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon interviewing with Mr. Fallon before their little protest ditty (it’s the second clip here), and learned that Mr. Lennon has started a website, ArtistsAgainstFracking.com. It’s meant to be a portal to point you toward resources like the (widely debunked, journalistically misleading, and highly melodramatic) documentary Gasland from certifiable activist Josh Fox. And just look at all of those awesome artists, celebrities, and musicians who are standing against fracking, too — all of this compelling persuasion is just overwhelming me! Farther down the page, they query: ‘How can they do this; isn’t this against the Safe Drinking Water Act?’ Answer: Because not even the impossibly zealous, ideology-driven Environmental Protection Agency can find a solid reason to outlaw fracking.

Environmentalists tend to loathe on principle any industrial practice that even appears to ‘violate’ Mother Earth, but if they’d pull their heads out of the eco-trendy sand and bother to do some actual research, they might come to realize that not only is the natural gas industry creating jobs, creating wealth, and revitalizing economically-distraught communities; but as Jazz posted earlier, it’s very likely helping us reduce our carbon emissions. For heaven’s sake, greenies — quit shooting yourselves in the foot and assuming that environmental quality and economic prosperity are mutually exclusive. They aren’t.


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PappyD61 on July 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

John Leguizamo, is that you?

Seriously, I hope that is sarcasm, otherwise you go right on my useless idiots list with urban elite and the rest of the HA libtard troll brigade.

Wolftech on July 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Sorry, I just kneejerk posted from your line in bold… I should have read the whole thing. I hate the PC crap and the idiots who spew it so I overreacted.

Wolftech on July 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Given Yoko’s popularity among the masses, you’d think if this video gets out and receives widespread attention, New Yorkers will be banding together by the end of next week to demand Andrew Cuomo authorize hydrollic fracking in Central Park.

jon1979 on July 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Sorry but after seeing this video* of Yoko I just cannot bear to watch or hear her. To think she is a one percenter almost makes me want to run in the streets screaming…
*Warning This clip is best viewed with a blind fold and ear plugs

Gwillie on July 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

The Facade of Climate Change
For the leftists and econuts climate change is just a pretense. Yes, they could care less whether the climate changes. They’ve got something they want, and that’s to cut industrial society to the bone.

“We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into the Stone Age, where we might live like Indians…” -Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalogue
“A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States…” -John Holdren, O’s Science Czar

And the key is energy: cut the lifeline of energy, and society withers. So it’s predictable that almost all of them oppose CO2 friendly forms of energy like fracking and nuclear. It’s not about CO2 for them, as CO2 is just a means to an end, and that end is to end industrial civilization, if they can. (And, arguably, CO2 doesn’t effect climate anyways: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg)
What about their support for solar and wind? That’s a facade, a front, something that they can point to and say “look, see, we are not against all energy.” Yes they are. They know, as we do, that costly green energy in the long run is not sustainable, and will have the desired effect of crowding out conventional energy and causing energy prices to rise (to ‘skyrocket’ is their goal, no kidding).

anotherJoe on July 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Wow, that sucked. On so many levels.

UltimateBob on July 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

How I despise these people. Living lives of extravagant wealth and privilege, only because they are talented entertainers, a noble thing to be sure, but nothing that bestows upon them any indicator of superior intelligence nor wisdom, yet expecting people to flock to the words and wisdom of the court jesters and adopt their silly visions into policy.

AZfederalist on July 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

First rule of econuts: any energy-producing tech that works must be opposed. They actually supported natgas a few years ago when it was expensive, but now that it’s cheap, it must be opposed.

If wind worked, they’d hate it because it kills birds. If solar worked, they’d hate it because it uses lots of land in sensitive desert ecosystems. If nuclear fusion worked, they’d oppose it because they heard it could go boom at the last protest meeting. If harnessing unicorn farts worked, they’d oppose it due to cruelty to unicorns.

foobarista on July 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I would wager the average entertainer/actor IQ in the 85-90 range

jdsbengaltiger on July 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Yoko Ono? In the words of a less then stllar SNL actor imitating a less then stellar “republican” president, “Not gon’ do it! No sir, not gon’ do it!”
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need a hint? The initials match up quite amazingly with ……..Dana Carvey and GHW Bush

Vntnrse on July 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I’m not going to watch the video as I’m about to leave work and I don’t want to be suicidal when I get behind the wheel of my Jeep.

Who the Hell pays attention to Yoko or Sean anyway? NOBODY I know takes either of them seriously; she’s long since been relegated to being the punchline of a really bad joke.

quikstrike98 on July 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Didn’t she cause the breakup of the Beatles ?

I think she deserves a cabinet level job, pronto!

IlikedAUH2O on July 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

How I despise these people. Living lives of extravagant wealth and privilege, only because they are talented entertainers,…

AZfederalist on July 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I had to stop right there and laugh. Yoko Ono….TALENTED????

john1schn on July 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

How do these activists get from point A to point B? Do they flap their arms and fly? Surely they don’t use any motorized vehicles.

tbear44 on July 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

What do Yoko Ono and spotted owls have in common?

29Victor on July 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM
There both on the endangered species list.

TXUS on July 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM

That was excellent lol.

tbear44 on July 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM

…and that one too. lmao

tbear44 on July 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

I always thought that Zooey Deschanel had the IQ of a retarded gerbil and now I see her name on that idiotic artist’s list.

Wow.

I apologize to all retarded gerbils..

TexasJew on July 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM

The Sillywood crowd and other intolerant pseudo intellectuals are always trying to tell us how to live our lives but they don’t want to live the life they demand for us.

As Pogo famously said, “We have met the enemy, and they are us.”

We create these freaks with our hard earned dollars. We sustain their lifestyles and give them the noteriety so the MSM will help spread their unicorn dreams.

By voluntarily giving them our money, we feed their egos. They come to believe that their wealth makes them wiser that everyone else. So wise, in fact, that they need not bother themselves with facts. Whatever they think is the truth.

These people are laughing at us all the way to their banks.

But you can fight back. They have a right to their free speech. We have a right to not buy their products. They can still live off their millions, but they will no longer have their egos and no one will give a rat’s flying potato what they think.

BMF on July 22, 2012 at 7:38 AM

the Earth Law Center, with the goal of furthering nationwide the vision of a philosophy and practice of law that respects the natural world in its own right and recognizes humans as an integral member of the Earth community.

I saw a commercial for this group of tree huggers just yesterday and could not believe my eyes. This is Texas. It scared me because I am noticing more and more of the Californication of Texas – so many forward thinking inhabitants have bailed from there to here.

tru2tx on July 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Sean’s talent sure didn’t come from daddy.

single stack on July 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

John Lennon had talent? Who knew? The Beatles were the most over-rated band ever. Most of their stuff could have been written by a 6-year old and the rest is just indecipherable dreck.

Trafalgar on July 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

…There is only one that I know of (that I can’t remember his name) but he’s one of the eco-nuts and rich, but he actually does live what he preaches. I think he’s got like bamboo floors and solar panels and all sorts of stuff. I will at least take him serious because he lives what he preaches…

ButterflyDragon on July 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Ed Begley Jr.? He’s the only environmentalist celeb I know of who actually tries to walk the walk.

Hazzard on July 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

For the love of music, “Are you kidding me?”

fistbump on July 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

John Lennon had talent? Who knew? The Beatles were the most over-rated band ever. Most of their stuff could have been written by a 6-year old and the rest is just indecipherable dreck.
Trafalgar on July 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

i thought i was the only one

gracie on July 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The Facade of Climate Change
For the leftists and econuts climate change is just a pretense. Yes, they could care less whether the climate changes. They’ve got something they want, and that’s to cut industrial society to the bone.

“We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into the Stone Age, where we might live like Indians…” -Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalogue
“A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States…” -John Holdren, O’s Science Czar

And the key is energy: cut the lifeline of energy, and society withers. So it’s predictable that almost all of them oppose CO2 friendly forms of energy like fracking and nuclear. It’s not about CO2 for them, as CO2 is just a means to an end, and that end is to end industrial civilization, if they can. (And, arguably, CO2 doesn’t effect climate anyways: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg)
What about their support for solar and wind? That’s a facade, a front, something that they can point to and say “look, see, we are not against all energy.” Yes they are. They know, as we do, that costly green energy in the long run is not sustainable, and will have the desired effect of crowding out conventional energy and causing energy prices to rise (to ‘skyrocket’ is their goal, no kidding).

That says it all. Mix in the ruthless Alinskyite radicals who stole our country (think Obama / Pelosi / Reid et al) and you have a country on its knees.

bob77 on July 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Take a bath, hippies!

Decoski on July 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

On the other hand… how about a Christian Conservative rocker that is actually damn good?

Laus Deo

deedtrader on July 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

How about Artists Against Blowhard Dimwits?

Imagine…they STHU.

ConservativeLA on July 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Two screwballs doing something amateurish and embarrassing. Yoko is ancient and Sean is unkempt.

Sherman1864 on July 22, 2012 at 4:33 PM

For heaven’s sake, greenies — quit shooting yourselves in the foot and assuming that environmental quality and economic prosperity are mutually exclusive.

In the Church of Gaia, this isn’t an assumption. It is doctrine. Any action or event which may result in the economic improvement of an individual or group is ipso facto bad for children, flowers and other living things.

These are the same people who are incapable of recognizing that electric cars are still pollutive, thanks to the powerplants required to produce the electricity to charge the incredibly inefficient batteries. Since they are expensive, slow, small, and inconvenient to humans, they must be good. It is their scripture.

Freelancer on July 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM

It’s like the whole “growth hormones in cows’ milk” scare the hippies came up with. Growth hormones given to cows don’t spill over into their milk. But the whole thing seems to violate nature so let’s protest against it anyway. Hand me a guitar.

CrustyB on July 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Poor John, his son couldn’t come up with an original song to present.

texasgoat on July 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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