The shills for the natural gas industry have been smart up to this point. They deny all accusations levied at their industry regarding environmental damages. They hire teams of lawyers, lobbyists, and scientists to protect their interests. They donate money to community organizations, schools, libraries, and museums to buy acceptance.
Spread money around. Deny, deny, deny. Spread more money. Deny, deny, deny. Repeat indefinitely. The mantra worked perfectly during the 20th Century so it’s full steam ahead in the 21st.
But the industry stumbled over itself by trying to get Gasland stripped of its Academy Award nomination for best documentary film.
“In an unprecedented move, an oil and gas industry front group sent a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saying that the film should be ineligible for best documentary feature,” Gasland director Josh Fox said in this open letter to journalists.
Any Public Relations 101 student should know that attacking a movie, book, or song after it’s been nominated for a high-profile award only surrounds it with more interest and notoriety, which then translates to more viewers and sales and maybe even increases its chances of winning the prize.