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Holy Frack: FrackNation filmmaker Ann McElhinney lights up Smart Girl Summit

Liberals are “disingenuous liars “ and “disingenuous environmentalists” who are using their so-called concern for the environment to cover up the fact that they are really just “anti-capitalism” and anti-American” conservative documentary maker Ann McElhinney told attendees of the 2012 Smart Girl Summit Friday evening.

McElhinney, a producer of the upcoming documentary film FrackNation, made the comments as part of a rousing speech in defense of hydraulic fracturing – aka fracking – at a banquet during Smart Girl Politics Action’s fourth annual Smart Girl Summit.

Although energy policy would not normally be regarded as a sexy topic, McElhinney managed to keep the audience in hysterics throughout the 15-minute speech while dispelling myths about dangers posed by fracking and the way it collects oil and natural gas from rocks using pressurized fluid.

McElhinney called fracking “a game changer” that would allow Americans to  “have cheap affordable energy for approximately 300 years. Therefore anyone who is against fracking is “crazy,” she charged.

Anti-frackers claim that what they are against is increased CO2 emissions, McElhinney said, but that’s not true because they are also against nuclear and hydroelectric power – neither of which give off C02.

“They love renewable but you know, again, they’re just lying because you know what one of the best renewable resources there is? Wood. Most environmentalists don’t know it, and it really is a great news flash to give them every time you meet them,” she said to laughter from the audience.

“So they’re not in favor of renewable firewood. They’re not in favor of reducing CO2 emissions. They’re actually not in favor of anything that works,” she said summing up her argument.

McElhinney’s upcoming film, FrackNation, “is a feature documentary that will tell the truth about fracking for natural gas in US and globally,” according to a webpage for the movie.

The couple used fundraising site kickstarter to raise $212,265 from 3,305 backers, exceeding their $150,000 goal, by telling everyone who donated a dollar that they would be listed as executive producers on the film’s credits.

The Irish journalist and filmmaker and her husband, Phelim McAleer, co-produced the 2008 documentary Not Evil, Just Wrong, which disputes the claims made by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth. They are teaming back to produce FrackNation in response to Josh Fox’s 2010 anti-fracking documentary Gasland.

“One of the biggest lies in Gasland is that when they started fracking in your neighborhood, if you light a match, your water’s going to go on fire,” she said, explaining that in certain parts of the United States the water has always been flammable. “And you know what it means that you have flammable water? It means that you’re really, really, really, really, really, really lucky, because you have loads and loads of oil and natural gas.”

McElhinney told the audience that she and her husband confronted Fox about the lies in Gasland, but they were unable to get any answers to their questions “because this guy’s not used to answering questions because he only ever hangs out with people who agree with him–other anti-American, and-corporate, anti development idiots, who don’t know where electricity comes from,” she said.

She also disputed an article from a CNN contributor that comes to the poorly substantiated conclusion that fracking is bad based on interviews with 11 residents of Dimock, Penn. who are suing Houston based oil and gas company Cabot (COG) for supposedly contaminating their water.

“We found the 11 litigants, but we kept knocking on doors and we found 1,500 other residents that said, ‘The water here in Dimock was always crap.’ ” McElhinney said. “And here’s what’s really crazy. CNN didn’t find all these other people. We did.

“And I did this calculation, What’s 11 against 1,500? It’s less than 1 percent. So we’re making a film for the ‘99%.’

 

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