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Anti-energy extremists undermining shale renaissance

By Jim Mackinnon Published: June 19, 2013

Not everyone wants to see the United States lead the world in affordable energy production, writes Thomas Pyle at RealClearEnergy.

Anti-energy extremists are trying to undermine the current energy renaissance, Pyle writes.

Pyle: "Avant-garde filmmaker Josh Fox, who rose from relative obscurity in 2010 with his movie Gasland, has blamed shale gas drilling for a host of supposed problems – from flammable drinking water to environmental disasters. Nevertheless, his accusations have been systematically proven as false. Undeterred, Fox will doubtlessly continue to make similar claims in other projects, including Gasland Part II that will air on HBO on July 8.

"One of Fox’s favorite theatrical tricks demonstrates a purported danger with hydraulic fracturing when water from a kitchen faucet is set ablaze.

"The problem is that the stunt is completely unrelated to drilling; rather it’s the result of naturally occurring methane.

"Apparently Fox comes from the 'never let the truth get in the way of a good story' school of filmmaking."

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