Now there is a movie(which I recommend) out called Promised Land w/ Matt Damon. Just like clockwork, the industry is on the attack!
Before Gus Van Sant’s latest film Promised Land even premiered, the energy industry was up in arms, gearing up to counter the film's apparent anti-fracking stance with a barrage of “community” responses (read: thinly veiled corporate PR). James Schamus, chief executive of Focus Features the distributor of the film, expressed shock about the attacks on Promised Land: “We’ve been surprised at the emergence of what looks like a concerted campaign targeting the film even before anyone’s seen it.” With blogs, astroturf websites, Facebook pages, internet ads, and theater ad buys in advance of the movie, the industry is working hard to spin the conversation in a more fracking-friendly direction.
The film chronicles the story of a gas industry salesman, played by Matt Damon, and his attempt to convince the residents of a rural Pennsylvania town to agree to fracking development. The questions raised by actors in the film mirror the debates taking place in communities across the country. What type of chemicals are used in fracking? What is the effect of fracking on air and water? While the industry may make a few struggling families rich, what is the cost for the community as a whole?
These battles hold special interest in Wisconsin, because the mining bill is the first bill the republicans want to pass. As Representative Katrina Shankland(D-Stevens Point) says:
I'm really disappointed in the legislators who persistently and falsely sell the mining bill to the public as a jobs bill.
If the mining bill passes, it will be held up in court for years.
Of the 700 jobs that would be created after 5-7 years of waiting and implementing the legislation, not many jobs would be for Wisconsin workers. Ask any expert on the matter and they'll tell you we don't do that kind of work right now, and don't have that training available.
This isn't a jobs bill. This is a bill to deregulate one industry (iron mining) to open the floodgates to do the same for many others.
Think about why that is. Don't let yourself be swept away by the rhetoric. We are better than this. Wisconsin is better than this.
There is a reason WI has only added about 30,000 jobs since Scott Walker was voted into office, they are not serious about adding jobs, they just want to reward their donors and rig the system. So know, in these next few weeks when the republicans are discussing all of the mining jobs they are creating, They are being less than honest!
Next movie for the industry to attack is Fractured Land!