Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 21, 2013 @ 4:43PM
Created on January 21, 2013 @ 2:34PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) - "FrackNation" is a new documentary that attacks opponents of fracking for oil and gas, but it also raises a bigger question: Is it possible to criticize environmentalists without being a tool for big industry?
Phelim McAleer says anti-fracking activists have based their crusade on faulty claims. His main target is Josh Fox, the director of "Gasland," an award-winning, anti-drilling documentary.
McAleer narrates the film like a genial Michael Moore with an Irish accent, as Fox dodges questions and even uses his lawyers to try to have trailers for "FrackNation" removed from YouTube and Vimeo.
Fox says in a statement that McAleer harassed him and has a long history of baiting environmentalists, denying climate change, and spreading misinformation.
FrackNation airs Jan. 22 on cable channel AXS.
FrackNation was made after Phelim McAleer confronted GASLAND filmmaker Josh Fox at a Q&A in Chicago.
McAleer asked Fox about instances of water being lit on fire well before fracking occurred in America and why he didn’t include that information in GASLAND.
Fox said the information “wasn't relevant.” McAleer disagreed and put their exchange on YouTube. Fox sued to have it removed. That’s when McAleer realized there was more to the story of fracking than Josh Fox was letting on. Click Here to read more.
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