West Texas has been experiencing an oil boom for quite some time. Midland, Texas is an oasis of economic activity amidst a desert of economic inactivity. One of the reasons for the boom has been the success of fracking, which seems to be spooking oil producers in the Middle East.
Via the Texas Tribune:
Today the Permian Basin accounts for 14 percent of the nation’s oil production. That is far more than the combined output of other Texas fields, including the Eagle Ford Shale, and more than the Bakken shale in North Dakota, another major drilling region.
This latest boom has been driven by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the technique of shooting water, sand and chemicals deep underground to crack hard rock and release oil. (The Permian Basin also produces natural gas, but some gets flared off partly because of a pipeline shortage.) Fracking has enabled drillers to produce more oil than ever before…
Now, let’s take a look at a new film written, produced, and starring rabid Hollywood leftist Matt Damon. The name of the film is “Promised Land” and it is an anti-fracking production that has some Middle Eastern connections.
“Promised Land,” the anti-fracking film written and produced by Hollywood stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, was made in part by a production company owned by the government of Arab oil emirate Abu Dhabi – a state in direct competition with American oil and gas producers.
The film is financed in part by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media which is owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, one of 13 Arab emirates that makes up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and serves as that country’s capitol.
Abu Dhabi media was created by the Abu Dhabi government in 2007 with $27.3 million as part of that country’s effort to diversify its economy into new markets such as media production.
Is this purely coincidence or does the government of the UAE have a vested interest in using propaganda to undercut successful oil extraction in the United States? Coincidence doesn’t appear to be part of the equation but Damon’s selling out could be.
The film’s Abu Dhabi connection is significant, because the UAE is the world’s third largest oil exporter, according to 2011 figures from the U.S. Energy Information Agency. The country also holds the 7th largest proven reserves of crude oil and natural gas in the world. The UAE was ranked 17th in the world in natural gas production in 2010, according to EIA.
That the UAE is a major natural gas and oil producer puts it in direct competition with U.S. natural gas producers, who have seen a revolution in production with the increased use of fracking – an old process that has found new uses as technology has made it possible to drill new wells and open up gas reserves that were once thought inaccessible.
So, does this mean that Hollywood’s Matt Damon is doing the bidding of a UAE production company that is owned by the UAE government?
Gee, what else has happened recently that is allowing Middle Eastern media to gain a foothold in the United States? That would be the sale of Al Gore’s Clean TV to Al Jazeera, which is owned by the government of Qatar.
The proximity of Qatar and Abu Dhabi, UAE should not be overlooked. It’s practically equivalent to the proximity of Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Perhaps it’s long past time for Americans to start looking at these events as being a bit more significant than they’d like to believe and, as a result, far more consequential.
As for Al Gore’s connection to Hollywood, let’s not forget that Oscar he won for an Inconvenient Truth, another anti-Oil film that served to benefit Big Oil in the Middle East.
Indications are that both Al Gore and Matt Damon have sold out their country.
Maybe that’s why a perception that they hate their country is so prevalent.