Ok I’m going off the readings here for a little bit, but I thought I would share a movie with everyone since this is a “screening” class. I actually saw this movie with my Mom because we didn’t really see anything else good out at the time (oh and it had Matt Damon in it). The movie was Promised Land and in my opinion, it turned out to be a pretty decent movie. Since I shouldn’t be giving away the summary or any plot points, here’s the IMDb link for anyone interested http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2091473/.
I think this movie raised a lot of great questions about the dangers of fracking, which I hope we get to at some point this semester. Big corporations come into these little farm towns promising millions of dollars for natural gas in their land, but there could be little or nothing from what the surveyors “estimated”. I could sort of understand this as I come from the metro area of Colorado and one of our problems right now is the difference between the “city folk” in Denver and the farmers and miners up in Norther Colorado (who actually want to make their own state now because of differences). Do big oil and gas companies really care about what happens to these small farm towns after fracking? The website http://journalistsresource.org reports that “In February 2013, the EPA reported that petroleum and natural gas systems, including fracking, constituted the second largest sector in terms of greenhouse gas emissions”. This would make sense to me from what we’ve read so far seeing how natural gas can play a part in the Earth’s chemical cycle. Has anyone else seen this movie and have thoughts on it?