Matt Damon's new movie, "Promised Land," is a propaganda piece that trashes fracking techniques used by American oil companies.
The movie presents American oil companies as greedy corporations that trash and pollute small-town America in attempts to extract oil and gas from shale formations. Yet, because fracking has been proven environmentally sound in the real world, the movie suggests oil companies might be planting "doom-saying" environmentalists in order to undercut the legitimacy of environmental voices all-together.
In other words, if you agree with oil companies Damon says you're wrong, but if you oppose oil companies you may be a stooge for ExxonMobil.
Why would someone go to all this trouble to criticize American oil companies? Maybe it's all about lessening the competition. After all, the movie "is financed in part" by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an OPEC member country.
U.S. oil and gas companies are now using fracking techniques to get natural gas well: Cheniere Energy is about to start exporting 2.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from Louisiana. Since the UAE ranks sixth-worldwide in natural gas reserves, 2.2 billion cubic feet a day flooding the market from Louisiana cannot be welcome news.