Monday, 24 June 2013

BBC Horizon does Fracking

The BBC have produced a documentary, Fracking: the New Energy Rush, about the emerging new method of natural gas extraction for energy called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”. This involves drilling a well deep into solid rock and filling it with high pressure water, sand and special chemicals to fracture the gas-bearing mineral so that more of the gas will escape into the well and be collected. See here:

Ian R Crane, who regular HPANWO-readers will already be familiar with (see links column on main site), has been doing a lecture tour all over the British Isles to try and raise awareness of the dangers of fracking. Here he is talking about the subject on Red Ice Radio: And here is a video of one of his lectures: problems with fracking are manyfold; the destabilization of the ground under our feet can cause earthquakes, and indeed they have at the UK’s experimental fracking well near St Annes, Lancashire, home of the Probe conferences. The process requires massive amounts of fresh water in a world where there’s barely enough for everybody to drink as it is. The secret chemicals as well as some of the gas itself, which are both highly toxic, have been leaking out of the fractured rock deep underground and poisoning the land and people who live above. Fracking also maintains the continued political focus on natural hydrocarbon fuels and it distracts public attention away from the Free Energy cover-up, see: The above programme is typical of both the BBC generally and its science series Horizon in that it is a very clever and subtle piece of indoctrination. Firstly they highlight the case of a farmer from Louisiana who has made a sizeable fortune selling drilling rights to fracking companies on his land, but he is a rarity; the law doesn’t always allow landowners the protections it does him, see: Later in the programme, about two thirds of the way in, after thirty-five minutes of bumf, they finally address the concerns that Ian does. They are keen to film the details of the naysayers’ surroundings: derelict mobile homes, dirty farmyards and quaint, pastoral decorations and ornaments. At the same time the score changes to one of American country music. The overall insinuation is that these people are rustic, scientifically-illiterate hillbillies who are only concerned for “they steers and they hogs! Yee-hah!” This is not the first time the Beeb has used psychological rhetoric to try to distort and influence, for example see: and: I urge everybody who watches that Horizon programme to look at the other side of the story too.

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