What do Soros, Abu Dhabi and Barack Obama Have in Common?
Matt Damon, liberal actor and Obama supporter (a redundancy, I know), has landed funding for his latest movie venture: an attack on the phenomenally successful American effort to tap our vast natural gas and oil resources.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Matt Damon turned to oil-rich Middle East royalty to finance his film attacking domestically produced natural gas.
The environmentalist screed, Promised Land, received a chunk of its funding from the United Arab Emirates, an oil kingdom known for its lavish spending on man-made islands and the world's tallest building, according to the Heritage Foundation.
The creators of Promised Land have gone to absurd lengths to vilify oil and gas companies, as Scribe's Michael Sandoval noted Wednesday. Since recent events have demonstrated the relative environmental soundness of hydraulic fracturing - a technique for extracting oil and gas from shale formations - Promised Land's script has been altered to make doom-saying environmentalists the tools of oil companies attempting to discredit legitimate "fracking" concerns. ...
An ever-growing market for domestic fracking threatens dependence on foreign oil from the likes of UAE and OPEC.
A strong global market presence for American natural gas could also work to the UAE's disadvantage. The Arab nation ranks seventh worldwide in proven natural gas reserves. For instance, Japan's energy imports are expected to rise significantly over the next five years. The country is currently a major importer of UAE natural gas. If it decided to import more LNG from the United States to accommodate its increased energy demands, it could deal a blow to the UAE economy. ...
All of this suggests a direct financial interest on the UAE's part in slowing the development of America's natural gas industry. Pop culture can be a powerful means to sway public opinion. While Promised Land, like anti-fracking documentary Gasland, appears to inflate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, it may have an impact on the public's view of the practice.
I have previously written that George Soros, Obama supporter (and recent generous donor to the Obama super-PAC Priorities USA Action, whose controversial "Joe Stopic" hit piece on Mitt Romney has been excoriated for its lying by groups across the political spectrum) has also worked to impede fracking in America. As has his pet and heavily Soros-supported Moveon.Org group. So has Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's anti-American caudillo .
Soros, as have the oil-rich potentates in Abu Dhabi, has seen the virtue of propaganda in trying to derail America's drive to reduce our dependence on Arab sources of oil. He gave millions of dollars to the Sundance Institute that then promoted the movie "Gasland" -- another "documentary" that was conjured up false fears about fracking. Soros explained the reasons behind his donation, "documentary films raise awareness and inspire action".
The rulers of Abu Dhabi and George Soros are in synch: movies can be exploited as propaganda.
Clearly, it is in the interest of Arab oil powers to make us more dependent on them -- and soak Americans for as much as they can as we buy their oil and natural gas.
Barack Obama also seems to be in synch with them: his administration has worked to put numerous roadblocks in the way using fracking to tap our oil and gas . Should he win again expect even more actions (via the Department of Interior, EPA, Executive Orders and the like) that would lead to higher prices and more dependency on Arab oil powers.
Unions and the Obama campaign team have been trying to popularize the term "economic patriots" to describe those people who work to keep jobs in America. Given that the fracking boom is one of the few areas of strength in our economy and provides a huge number of Americans with high-paying jobs (as well as revitalizing communities across America) would George Soros, Matt Damon, and Barack Obama consider themselves economic patriots?
They should not because they are not.