Top Five Silliest Things Anti-Fracking Activists Did During the Pope’s Visit

Washington, D.C. was abuzz this week with excitement over the historic visit of Pope Francis – and of course, anti-fracking activists didn’t waste the opportunity to push yet more misinformation about hydraulic fracturing.

A coalition of anti-fracking groups launched a number of “climate” protests and other silly stunts across the city, despite the fact that even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that it’s thanks to fracking, and our increased use of natural gas, that greenhouse gas emissions have plummeted in the United States.

And as usual, the activists aren’t getting the type of turnout they try to claim attend. Thursday’s protest to send the Pope off to New York was permitted for 200,000 people, but the group barely had 500 in attendance as you can see in the following picture.


Let’s have a look at the top five silliest things anti-fracking activists did this week:

#1: Fracking Friars

These “Friars Against Fracking” of Saint Mary’s parish in Pompton Lakes, NJ, actually sing “stop fracking now” in Gregorian plainchant and then break into a rap that includes such sentiments as “Fracking is a lot like crack cocaine” and “Drilling is killing.”

#2: Editing Bible verses to suit anti-fracking agenda


At a protest in Philadelphia, activists reworded Biblical text. Maybe the Pope won’t notice! After all, he’s only the Pope.

Psalm 34, which includes “The Lord hears the cry of the poor” suddenly becomes, “Hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor” in anti-fracking land. By the way, low natural gas prices (thanks to fracking) have been particularly helpful to low-income families by slashing monthly energy bills.

#3: Anti-fracking Pope hats and crosses


Also in Philadelphia, anti-fracking protesters donned Pope hats with the message: “No Fracking Zone” and held crosses with the words (in red): “Earth matters”

#4: Fasting to protest pipelines


At Thursday morning’s protest in Washington, D.C., activists asked for Catholics and the Pope to stop eating in protest of new pipelines and related infrastructure, rather than just on Good Friday. The group also likened the Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission (FERC) to God, substituting “Hear us, FERC” in place of the response of “Hear us, Lord” given during some religious services. This could also be a re-write of Daniel 9:9, “Lord, hear us.”

#5: Women (and men) dressing like nuns to stop “bad habits”


While the PETA folks who came out to protest climate change and meat weren’t wearing “no fracking” gear, their outfits were too silly not to include. And PETA has said that going vegan will stop the burning of fossil fuels used on farms, so there’s that.

Perhaps if these folks spent half as much time researching as they do planning outfits and writing catchy phrases, they’d have a better understanding of the complicated process that enabled them to travel to these events, wear bizarre outfits, and make their misinformed signs. But hey, at least it’s good for a laugh!


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