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Getting fracked

Gazette staff October 17th, 2012

A movie that disparages dogs, if it were produced by a bunch of kitty cats, might have its objectivity called into question. Something similar is happening with a motion picture, set for release early next year, that purportedly highlights the evils of hydraulic fracturing, yet is heavily financed by a member of OPEC.

CNN Money reported recently that the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, found that Promised Land is partly financed by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, part of the state-run media company for the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE is the world’s third-largest oil exporter.

Promised Land, written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski (Jim of TV’s The Office), is about a salesman for a natural gas company who sees the error of his ways when faced with opposition from small-town residents.

At first blush, it might sound like the UAE is financing a movie demonizing fracking so that it can continue sending oil our way, but a spokeswoman for the financier said the company, while it gets funds from the Abu Dhabi government, is an independently operated entity.

Then again, maybe those in the UAE are just big fans of the Jason Bourne movies and don’t really care if we buy their silly ol’ oil.

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