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Hollywood Joins Anti-Science Movement to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing

This week, Food & Water Watch released a number of ads featuring several “celebrities” who oppose fracking – and by celebrities they mean: Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Marisa Tomei, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer.

As a refresher, Wilmer Valderrama is the guy who played Fez in “That 70s Show.”  Emmanuelle Chriqui starred in such blockbusters as “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” And, of course, Lance Bass was a pop singer for the band ‘N Sync.

The ads, according to acclaimed oilfield expert Lance Bass, “can educate people about the dangers of fracking and show them how to take action.” The ads are directed at President Obama and the governors of California, Colorado, and New York. In other words, the President of the United States and governors across the country should ignore what regulators, engineers and geologists have to say about hydraulic fracturing.

One of the actresses says hydraulic fracturing will worsen climate change. For now, let’s ignore the fact that no one outside the insular Food & Water Watch community actually believes that, as President Obama’s administration – which many if not all of these celebrities have strongly supported – has reminded us time and again. Instead, we’ll put this into perspective: we’re supposed to listen to lectures from actors and actresses – whose jobs would literally be impossible without affordable energy, and who fly in private planes all across the country just to attend ritzy dinners – about why we need to curb greenhouse gas emissions?

Another petroleum engineer geologist hydrologist actor tells us that hydraulic fracturing pollutes groundwater, even though, again, nobody with even an ounce of expertise agrees with that claim.

Finally, another actor tells us that “a recent Colorado public health study found that living within a half a mile of a fracking well significantly increases the risk of cancer.” Those who actually read that report (and not just a script for a YouTube video) identified its many flaws long ago, including the fact that it was contradicted by numerous other studies.

Playing the Part

It’s actually quite fitting that Food & Water Watch hired B- and C-list “celebrities” for its latest stunt. Actors and actresses make a living by reciting lines that someone else wrote for them, and then bringing their audiences into a fictional universe.

Meanwhile, in the real world, perhaps Governor Brown put it best when he said anti-fracking activists “don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”

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