Reposted from Energy in Depth
by Dave Quast
The Sierra Club, founded in San Francisco in 1892 by legendary conservationist John Muir, was once a clarion voice for the preservation of public lands and environmental stewardship. To note that the group has grown increasingly distant from its roots is an understatement. Its decline, which we have covered previously, unfortunately moves on apace with the release of its latest video: “Fracking 101.”
Following in the “ban fracking” activist tradition of believing that actors (and whatever Yoko Ono is) somehow confer scientific legitimacy to anti-scientific polemics, the video features a voice-over by Edward James Olmos, who we will assume was unaware that the scripted words he was paid to read are the opposite of the truth.
Introducing the animated video in the Huffington Post, current Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune wrote:
“…fracking and other dirty fuel development is bad for public health, bad for the climate, and bad for the economy.”
While this is likely all you need to know about the seriousness of today’s Sierra Club, let’s examine the claims made in the video.