Celebrities Line Up To Fight Fracking

The fight over fracking in New York State has gone beyond indie film star Mark Ruffalo to encompass celebrities including Sean and Julian Lennon, Yoko Ono, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Julianne Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow, Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Jackson Browne, David Byrne, Deepak Chopra, Zooey Deschanel, Carrie Fisher, Roberta Flack, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Koons, John Cameron Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Todd Rundgren, Amy Ryan, Cindy Sherman, Patti Smith, Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler and Rufus Wainwright.

They’ve all signed up with a collective called Artists Against Fracking, where you can find out why they think fracking is a bad idea and send New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a message in anticipation of his decision on whether or not to permit fracking in New York. They also feature the Josh Fox film “The Sky Is Pink”:


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22 Comments on "Celebrities Line Up To Fight Fracking"

  1. IrishPotatoGun | Aug 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm |

    They should allow it on condition that the CEO’s family of the finance companies have to live near the site and children have to drink the local water.

    • don’t assume they won’t sacrifice themselves or their children to the god Profits

      Charlie Bell, who was CEO of McDonald’s, used to brag
      that he had eaten something from Mickey D’s every day for 27 years
      before he died of colon cancer at age 44

    • ticketgoose | Aug 25, 2012 at 2:33 am |


  2. Who else is just thinking of Battlestar Galatica?

  3. Anarchy Pony | Aug 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm |

    Bunch of commies.

  4. Wily_Weasel | Aug 25, 2012 at 1:18 am |

    WWII recon/fighter planes were painted so as to blend against the sky… they were pink. 

  5. I live in NY State and think it’s a mistake to simplify this issue into “anti-fracking = environmentalist, pro-fracking = greedy capitalist.” In my mind, natural gas is a valuable, scarce resource that 1.) the state ought to leverage to help alleviate its growing budget crisis, 2.) offers many hand-working, middle-class landowners and unexpected income that they can potentially retire upon and 3.) can, you know, provide lots of energy to other Americans. 

    I don’t think we should rubber-stamp fracking the way PA did, but neither to do I think that we should ban it outright. The object should be to pass fracking in the most responsible way possible, and so far NY has the tightest regulations in this area, in spite of tremendous political pressure to do it “quick-and-dirty.” 

    All I’m saying is, this is an issue that has shades of gray, and I see too many people just reflexively taking sides. 

    • The long term environmental damage, our water tables and the fact there is currently no way to stop the underground pollution created through this process is enough for me to take sides. Considering the marcellous shale area is right near NYC’s major aquifer and that all the water tables lead my way or right through farm land is enough for anyone with half a brain to realize this needs to be stopped .

      • It’s a new process, so the science on it is not at all as clear as you’re suggesting. 

        It’s gotten framed as a kind of black and white, capitalism vs environment cause; once that happened, I think that most people just formed ranks turned their brains off. 

        • Anarchy Pony | Aug 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm |

          Fracking is not a new process. That’s blatantly false. It has existed as a technique for decades already.

        • TapMeYouFascists | Aug 26, 2012 at 12:15 am |

          Kill yourself now. I’m not joking, nor am I trolling. I am dead fucking serious. Do us all a favor. Kill yourself.

        • TapMeYouFascists | Aug 26, 2012 at 12:58 am |

          I got you pegged for a company man. I never believed people like you existed until I started looking into anti-nuclear blogs. Creepy. Chilling, really. I wonder if that is the true intent. Not to dissuade, but to intimidate.

    • I disagree.  Issues like “debt” are merely conceptual problems, money being nothing more than an intellectual construct.  Real economic issues like production are entirely dependent on the health of the environment and the health of people, therefore environmental issues necessarily come first.

      • Unless you live in a tree and are communicating via some kind of special, biodegradable computer, you’re already making trade-offs between the environment and your practical needs. My issue here is that too many people are assuming that it must be one way or the other; that there’s no way to do this responsibly. 

        • Actually, considering the fact that pollution harms me personally, there is no way to take care of my practical needs in this, or pretty much any, contemporary society.

          • Good luck foraging on the open savanna, then. 

          • I don’t have the health or the skills to make that practical, so I think I’ll just stay here and try to stop fracking instead.

        • TapMeYouFascists | Aug 26, 2012 at 12:42 am |

          We are all complicit. We have all been obliged to accept the bosom of death-lust culture; bitter and rich, a powerful opiate, a poison which burrows into our bones, seeping through us and out. As our bodies, minds and spirits are corrupted, so we defile our sacred Mother. The choice is to accept the bounty, or face imminent obliteration. That is not a choice.

          So because we have partook in this gruesome feast we lack standing to assess the impact of injecting poison into drinking water. I reject the notion as spurious. It’s probably some kind of logical fallacy.

  6. Super Heroes In Trouble | Aug 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm |

    These cretins are never gonna get anywhere until they create an impressive umbrella organization (e.g., ‘Celebrities Revolting Against Plutocrats’, or ‘C.R.A.P.’) and an array of dazzlingly bizarre crimefighter costumes and backstories. 

    For example, ‘The Slug’, a masked crusader draped head to foot in a selectively porous fiber that allows fresh air to come in, but only sweat and grease to come out, coating the exterior with a revoltingly slick chrism and a vomit-inducing aroma. 

    In addtion to incapacitating his foes in this way, his other super powers include the ability to latch onto a news cycle and suck every last drop of public attention from it feed his ravenous ego.  Inspired to fight white collar crime by the trauma of witnessing his actor parents dessicated before his very eyes by a manipulative booking agent. 

  7. Understand that: (This is my favourite
    cut and paste!)

    “Had the $650 billions+ spent on
    Iraq, been spent on conventional Solar/Thermal development of South
    Western U.S.A. : today Americans would receive a “return on
    investment”, in place of horrendous tax rates to service
    unpayable war debt to China. Americans would be gainfully working,
    using this renewable, perpetual, eternal, God given domestic
    electricity source –

    (oil wells do go dry, the oil really
    doesn’t spring forth from &Allah’s-ass as some seem to believe
    either – the Sun never stops shining, Wind blows forever, tides still
    after eons back and forth, back and forth,)

    – to compete in world markets with cost
    effective products, and much less foreign oil would be imported. This
    is the lost “opportunity cost” for having Saddam’s scrotum
    on the Bushes mantlepiece? Shiite eh!” P.S. Rumours that Saddam
    was immortal? Not true either, how old would he be today?

    Denmark built enough Wind Mills – so
    they are now a net exporter of electricity to Europe! Stinking tiny
    little. itty-bitty island! So small they walk everywhere! And they
    live for free! on the wind income! no radioactive homicidal wastes
    piling up! no expensive waste disposal problems! Are they stupid or
    what? Meanwhile Japan, Fuckoshima, had American designed enriched
    uranium “bomb factory” styled reactors – and big troubles! Both
    island nations – difference in logic? www,theoildrum.com/node/4971
    tells of the error of judgement made by U.S. in 1990’s – a must read
    for concerned humanity.

    ( oil wells do go dry, not really
    sourced from an eternal pipe up &Allah’s-ass – But, the Sun
    never stops shining, Wind blows forever)

    • Denmark is not an island. Part of Denmark is an island, part of Denmark is on the European mainland.

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